These local artists will glean materials from the Metro Central Station for six months and create art that will be shown in a public exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in August 2014.
Sarah is a mixed-media artist who works predominantly with collaged materials and found imagery in order to create narrative-based pieces that explore human archetypes, frameworks and traditions of storytelling, and the relationship between word and image. She sees landfills as truly modern mythical landscapes where our waste system exists as a direct expression of what we, as a society, wish to abandon, release or forget.
She received her BFA in Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and has participated in several group exhibitions and one solo exhibition since 2005. She is proposing to create a series of bas-relief sculptures that investigate contemporary female identity evidenced within our waste stream by gleaning materials that have been obviously manufactured for, tangibly used by, or symbolically representative of women.
Francesa is a mixed media artist who enjoys working in found materials as a way to celebrate that which is already on its way to being forgotten by diverting the discards of our community back into the transformative spotlight of artistic endeavor. Her work is primarily focused on collage but she also creates 3-dimensional pieces.
She received a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and has participated in numerous group and solo shows since 2003. She proposes to glean the following materials: plastics and other flexible materials that can be transformed with hand tools into wearable art; paper fabrics and flat materials that can be transformed into two-dimensional collage works; and metal and wood that has the potential to be transformed into durable outdoor art or furniture.
Alyssa is a mixed-media sculptor interested in the distortion of perspective and visual perception. She utilizes sculpture, installation, and photography to create optical phenomenon to alter our perception of value of the oft-not-considered everyday experiences. She is currently a student in the PNCA/OCAC Applied Craft & Design program and will graduate in May. She has participated in approximately a dozen group shows since 2010 and proposes to create a series of sculptures that may include small light box style mechanisms to illuminate abstracted photographic images.
Michelle is a sculptor and painter who works primarily with plaster, wood, paper, mixed media and found objects. She teaches Painting at PCC and 3-dimensional Design at PSU. She received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice 2010 from PSU and has participated in several group exhibitions (including one at Disjecta’s Vestibule space) and 4 solo exhibitions since 2008
She proposes to create a body of work based on drawings she has made from broken vessels interspersed with stacked rocks that created “precarious totems” which she likens to relics found in an underwater archaeological dig.
Whitney is a visual artist who works in different media with a thematic approach of examining patterns of repetition and the rhythms and pauses of the natural and industrial worlds. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of Oregon in 1989 after which she was awarded a Fellowship with Penland School in North Carolina, a Residency at OCAC and was an Artist-in-Residence with Bullseye Glass.
Her work is in the collections of over a dozen major institutions, including OHSU and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum in Eugene. She is represented by the Laura Russo Gallery. She has participated in over a dozen group and solo shows including a recent exhibition at the Portland International Airport.
She proposes creating a new body of work predominantly with wood, and is excited to share about the program, seeing it as a great opportunity for people to learn more about the amount of waste we produce and the vast potential for re-use.