In August, I had the honor of showing alongside my friend and fellow artist Bridgett Spicer, at Sidestreet Arts in SE Portland. Bridgett’s concept for the show was creating a visual representation of our individual relationship and experiences with Portland. Both of us are transplants; Bridgett moved from California over a year ago, and I just celebrated my 14 year anniversary of relocating from Connecticut.
This was the first time I’d collaborated with another artist to create work around a specific theme. Bridgett was so organized—- giving me parameters and color palettes, plus she requested that I work exclusively in clay, which was a challenge because much of my Portland experience and imagery has been largely through my paintings. Challenge accepted!
The show came together swimmingly, and our work was quite complementary to one another. And really, it got me thinking about several different approaches to the concept. I have so many sketchbooks full of sketches from my years in Portland, and maybe one day I’ll create a new body of work based on those. For now, here’s my artist statement from the show and photos of the work I made for the show. Some of these pieces are still available to purchase, and will be posted on my website soon.
Closer to Home Artist Statement
As I approach 14 years of living in Portland, I’ve been reflecting on all the things and places that have made this place feel like home. I’ve seen a lot of changes, and a lot of construction, which has influenced my artwork significantly in the last several years. My paintings and ceramics have focused on expanding skylines and crowded architecture; fantasy cityscapes of where I imagine Portland could be headed.
For this body of work I focused more on the places, both natural and man-made, that have been part of my daily life over the course of my time here. As an early riser, I see many a sunrise while walking my dogs around Mt. Tabor, or on my former bike commute across town. That pink hue of those early morning skies became prominent throughout this work, as are the darker swirly skies ever present during our rainy season. There are, of course, a few sunsets in the mix as well, as I focused largely on the sky and its relationship to what lies below.