As an artist of color, I have made a life long commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of my ancestors. My lens is anthropology and I study my own genealogy. I travel in my ancestors footsteps, I walk the roads where they lived, explored the plantations where they were enslaved, I am the storyteller. As their medium I provide a vehicle for my ancestor’s spirits to transcend history and remain as historical memory. My medium is cloth — whether digitally printed, hand woven or aged linens — pieces are imbued with the hopes and visions of African American lives, telling their stories from a maternal perspective.
Karen Hampton Textiles has shown her woven and stitched narrative artwork nationally since 1994 and has been teaching college since 2008. Her specialty: surface design, embroidery, weaving and courses that address Art and the African Diaspora. Karen lives in Inglewood, California, USA.