Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2020 Artist

Carolyn Harper


Homeless: Alexus

Hand sewn art quilt with hand dyed fabric.

54” x 52″


My hand sewn quilts have a strong social justice component. I create images of people or groups who have been marginalized, discriminated against, or abused. Current works depict specific Philadelphians; those living in an area homeless shelter or on the streets. The works are intended to give face to the faceless, nameless and powerless, and to bear witness to those who are suffering. My experience in working with portraiture and the homeless is that the portraits empower the people depicted. They are able to see themselves not just as homeless, or jobless, but as singular individuals with an important story and history. Portraiture as an art form can become an extremely powerful tool of discovery, and, more importantly, self-discovery.