Coulter Fussell was born and raised in Columbus, Georgia, an old textile town situated on the Chattahoochee River, the eastern border of Alabama. The culture of Columbus and the surrounding river valley (including the neighboring military base of Fort Benning, housing Infantry and Airborne) play a more than significant role in Coulter’s work. Coulter’s father was an arts museum curator throughout her childhood while her mother is a life-long quilter and educator. Running through museum galleries on any given day after school and then going home to watch her mother sew for hours was standard. The combination resulted an early-developed artsview where craft and other arts are indistinguishable from one another. Painting, sculpture and textile work became one solitary entity in her mind. From youth, the combination developed into an unintentional mash-up.
Coulter relies on the no-holds barred nature of contemporary painting rules to free her compositions from the constraints of pattern. In turn, she simultaneously relies on the strict discipline of traditional craftwork to act as a self editing tool.
Coulter now lives in Water Valley, a small town in the northern Hill Country of Mississippi. There she runs her store and studio, Yalorun Textiles. Having been in the service industry for most of her life, Coulter is also a waitress in the neighboring town of Oxford, Mississippi. Coulter lives in Water Valley with her two young sons, Amos Henry and Booker, and their cat Janet.
Fussell was the 2017 winner of the ArtSouth State Fellow for Mississippi and was an ArtSouth Southern Prize Finalist. She is a recipient of a Mississippi Arts Commission Grant. Recently, Fussell was awarded a 2019 United States Artists Fellowship and the 2019 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award.