Karen Hampton draws on her multicultural heritage to examine the complicated history of America, replete with dreams of freedom and loss resulting from displacement. By employing the traditional arts of hand-stitching and weaving, as well as materials such as indigo, cotton, and raffia cloth that allude to African American culture, Hampton embeds her work with symbols, images, and text that chronicle the stories of her ancestors. Her incisively poignant work speaks to the broader struggle to find one’s own voice and identity in the United States today.
‘Karen Hampton: The Journey North’, Wellin Museum of Art, USA
The artist has been included in exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, USA, Wellin Museum of Art, USA, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan; College of Marin, Kentfield; Design Gallery (now the Design Museum) at the University of California, Davis; and San Jose Museum among others. Awards include the Sacatar Foundation Award, the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, Marin Arts Council Award, and the Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize. Hampton graduated with an MFA from the University of California, Davis.