"My current body of work stems from possessing some truly fantastic photographs that document the lives and faces of my family over the course of more than a century. The two greatest contributors to this photographic collection were my grandfather and my great-grandfather. These “family portraits” are a scattered and artistic depiction of my family tree and beyond that have given me an opportunity to collaborate with family members who are no longer alive to keep creating for themselves. By working with these images they captured I hope to carry on their legacy."
"I’ve also developed an interest in painting from other peoples’ photographs. I am drawn to images that are bizarre, quirky or whimsical and those that tell a story, or imply there is one to be told."
Karissa Harvey is an emerging artist from Farmingdale, New Jersey. She spent the majority of her twenties living in California and returned to her East Coast roots shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Humboldt State University in 2011. Her work has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in both California and New Jersey, including the New Jersey Emerging Artists Series at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ, Hamilton Street Gallery in Bound Brook, NJ, Ruben’s World Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ, Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ, and First Street Gallery, in Eureka, CA.
Her paintings can currently be seen at Main Street Gallery in Manasquan, NJ and Moonstruck Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Asbury Park, NJ.
Karissa’s recent work is a scattered re-interpretation of her roots as well as a collaboration with her grandfather and great-grandfather, since she has been drawing inspiration from the seemingly endless stockpile of photographs they took throughout their lives. Although this work is innately personal, her paintings are relatable on a much larger scale.
Her subjects are strangers to the viewer (and often the artist), however they have the ability to remind us of someone. Through their anonymity, they become that person we already know. Karissa is essentially working to create something that induces a feeling of nostalgia in her viewer, giving them an opportunity to feel a personal connection to her subjects, like a blurred memory or a glimpse of an old friend or relative.
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