Artist’s Statement: Fever has never taken my body more violently than when I was living virtually friendless, in the Middle East, and had just received the news of my dad’s cancer diagnosis. It was the first time I had to clean up my own vomit. It was the first time I experienced fatigue so intense, I was physically unable to stand. I got accustomed to the view of my room from the safety of my blankets. When I was finally well, it gave me new perspective on the secrets and sorrows that are sometimes neatly, sometimes messily, but always subtly, tucked away behind the shutters of that city.
About the Artist: Holly Harris is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Communication Studies and Studio Art. In her work, she is interested in exploring humans and the stories they leave in their tracks. While she’s a North Carolina native, recent time spent in the Middle East has informed her work. She has had sketches featured in multiple editions of UNC’s own literary magazine, Cellardoor, as well at The Charles Carter: a Working Anthology. Her other interests include dissecting the deeper themes of Pixar movies, as well as eating absurd amounts of peanut butter in one sitting.