Karissa Harvey is an emerging artist from Farmingdale, NJ. 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 group and solo shows throughout NJ and California.
Karissa’s recent work is a scattered re-interpretation of her roots as well as a collaboration with her grandfather and great-grandfather. 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.