Coulter Fussell Was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town. She is the youngest family quilter, hailing from multi-generations of seamstresses and quilters. She produces boundary-pushing quilt-works using old, discarded and donated textiles as her sole materials. Taught to quilt by her mother, she relies on the painterly quality inherent in used textiles to bring depth, character and story to her work. From T-shirts to fine silks, no fabric is valued above another. If the fabric was connected to human life then it is as sacred as the next. She makes quilts to experiment with the push and pull between craft’s functionality and form while addressing truths of poverty, the disparity of luck, the relationship between force and power, notions of faux romanticism and false nostalgia, the physical evidence of hard work, and the miracle that is sight and touch. Walking a compositional balance, she uses the standardized and purposeful restraint of quilt patterning to self-edit what would otherwise be a full and total leap into expressionistic abstraction. ⠀ Coulter has exhibited works across the country from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. As a craftswoman trained only by her mother, Coulter was the Finalist for the 2017 SouthArts Southern Prize, the 2019 Visual Arts Inductee into the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Craft. Coulter lives in Water Valley, Mississippi with her family.