Karen Hampton, 'Rendir', 2016, Lace, pigment and dye-sublimation print on cotton sugar sack, 193 x 188 cm, Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery
Karen Hampton, 'Rendir', 2016, Lace, pigment and dye-sublimation print on cotton sugar sack, 193 x 188 cm, Courtesy of Jack Bell Gallery 

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.

The artist has been included in exhibitions at the 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, California, among others.