Vashti Harrison

Valencia, California

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Folklore, fables and fairy tales explore universal human truths through simple narratives and character relationships. They tell us about our past, our culture, and ourselves. They create a sense of wonder, transport us to other realms, take us on adventures, return us to the enchanted, restore order to a chaotic world, and perhaps most important, turn us into detectives of humanity and life as we search for answers to simple questions. They break down our complexities into right and wrong and turn our convoluted feelings into basic human emotions. All of this against a backdrop of dark forests, magic islands and secret gardens.

My work is about using the form and aesthetics of classic tales to retell stories from my own life and past and my Caribbean Heritage. Through this very simple process, what was once perplexing and intangible suddenly becomes a visceral experience.

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