Wooden/Woven exhibit on tap at CCC
A double artist exhibition titled "Wooden/Woven" is on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center through March 10.
Artist Jamie Lefcovich is inspired by the interplay and connection of elemental energies. She integrates the movement and texture of the natural world into her work; Earth, air, fire and water plays a role in each piece. Cyan Bott explores many mediums but has returned to her roots with reclaimed lath pieces.
Lefcovich's work is influenced by what she finds outside her Portland home.
"I take a lot of inspiration from the natural world and how the laws and nature work together," she said. "I think that the passing of time plays a big role in the work that I do and brings this feeling of nostalgia; weaving is a time-consuming physical action. With weaving, you sit in one place to do the work and I feel time move when I am weaving. This art form has been practiced for thousands of years in different ways and different materials across the world and that inspires me."
Lefcovich chose to work with fiber primarily through happenstance.
"I never really made a decision to do this. I learned to weave through teaching weaving," she said. "It is tactile and flexible, it is almost like sculpting. It can be dynamic; there are so many layers, textures, in design. It has a wide breath of utility and it is so forgiving. You can mess up and always fix the vision that didn't come through, you can always fix it and change it."
Bott graduated from the Oregon College of Art and Craft with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2008. Since then she has worked as a seamstress, landscaper and sign painter — among other things. Bott has a deep love of woodworking and uses reclaimed cut-offs to create beautifully designed wooden canvases with geometric and industrial-edged patterns. Bott said she grew up around woodworkers and that was her inspiration to dive into creating.
"I did a lot of quilt making in school and I was trying to part that into a different medium. …," she said. "I chose to work with wood because, wood was my first love, and I avoided it because I knew that I was not going to build houses or make furniture. I love the smell of it and the feel of it. I like it because it is more of an object. I've been making these kinds of pieces for about four to five years now."
Bott's surroundings in Portland affect her work, "Portland is at once beautiful and dreary; the chipped and faded facades, it's urban landscapes, the muted palate of the city, the woods, the rivers, that melancholy opaque grey light," she said. "It is the colors and textures of the city. There is a lot of wood here. It feels natural."
The show opened Jan. 16, with a reception set for 5 to 9 p.m. Feb 2.