The title of this series was taken from the 1960s Blues track "The Bitter Earth" written by Clyde Otis and sung by legendary blues women and rhythm and blues singers Dinah Washington, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Mikki Howard. Bitter Earth incorporates archival images from the 19th and 20th centuries that Harris sourced from the National Archives within an original wallpaper design that she created and inspired by a wallpaper in her grandmother's house in South Carolina. The design includes pomegranate fruit (a symbol of fertility), cotton, bluebirds, and vines. Bitter Earth can be presented as a site-specific installation with custom wallpaper covering the walls of the exhibition space, along with framed photographs and furniture to mimic a home interior. Bitter Earth was created in collaboration with historian Brenda E. Stevenson. Stevenson is the Nickoll Family Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of History and African American Studies at UCLA. Her work is centered on race, gender, slavery, family and racial conflict in the U.S. and the Atlantic region.