VOICES: FROM THE BACKWATERS OF THE BAYOUS TO TOBACCO ROAD

In 2018 James Carter presented his art object collection at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. He was awarded the coveted First Time Exhibitor Award. This video presents those acclaimed art objects and the inspirations behind them.

Two years ago, I began a series of work reflective of my life story. The objects represent the voices of the people and memories of the places that have shaped my forty plus years as an enamellist and a metalsmith: making biscuits with my grandma in Georgia, delivering papers from my bike in Florida, steering Merchant Marine ships across the North Atlantic into foreign ports, marrying a New Orleans woman in City Park, settling our family in Tobacco Country, North Carolina. My humble beginnings, blue-collar jobs, world travel and love of ornament are all reflected in this new work. The type of objects I chose may be unsophisticated. Only a love for narrative and craft can take these objects to a higher level, giving them the respect and position they deserve not only in my memories, but as a testimony to the people, times and events that inspired them.

JAMES CARTER (2018)