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Meet China Harris

Today we’d like to introduce you to China Harris.

China is a Chicago-based Fine Artist and Graphic Designer. China’s love and enthusiasm for art began during childhood. At the age of 16, she participated in After School Matters’ “Painting on Canvas” program in downtown Chicago, at Gallery 37 Center for The Arts. Here is where she learned how to paint for the very first time. China has also worked for After School Matters as a teaching artist. She decided to give back to the community, instructing her own art programs, Wood Panel Drawing and Painting, and Experimental 2D Design. China studied Studio Arts at Illinois State University, and later transferred to Columbia College Chicago, where she studied Fine Art and Graphic Design. China received her BFA in May 2018. Currently, China works as a freelance Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, and Illustrator.

Please tell us about your art.
As a Fine Artist, I create both drawings and paintings. The paintings are usually done using acrylic paint, and modeling paste on stretched canvases. My drawings are done with pencil, charcoal, and various types of paper. In my work, there are recurring themes such as land, sea, and the self. My work is informed by the experiences and the emotional connections that I have had within the natural environment that surrounds me. I recreate remembered experiences through the combination of photographic documentation, memory, texture, and color. A strong commonality that I share with the natural world is the Golden Ratio, also known as the Divine Proportion. This ratio is a set of infinite numbers, known as Fibonacci, which are the foundation for everything that grows in the natural world and in the human body. The connection that I have to Divine Proportion is made known through my use of various plants, animals, and the self within the recreated environments in my paintings. This connection is important to me because I believe that it is what unifies us.

Graphic Design came later on, as I began to understand the correlation between the art world and the design world. I used to be afraid to get into Graphic Design or Illustration because it can be an uneasy transition coming from the world of art. However, I have recently realized the importance of integrating the two in order to be more marketable as an artist. As I began to refine my digital skills, I have been able to successfully created logos, flyers, cover art, children’s book illustrations, and more!

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I believe that the role of the artist continues to change as the world changes each day. Each artist is unified by the creation of artworks that send a message, whether it be beautiful art, or political art. My art is beautiful and it speaks on my beliefs in the Golden Ration, and Divine Proportion that exists in the natural world d and humanity. I do not create work that speaks about global issues, and that is okay. Every artist has a different message.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be found on my Instagram Fine Art page (@all__things__artistic) and my Design page (@chinaharrisdesigns). I also have a website, which is chinaharris.com

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