Artists concentrating their work on the human form next up at CCC
The Chehalem Cultural Center will unveil its next exhibit early next month, with a display by two artists focusing on the human body.
The exhibit, titled "Biological Dissonance," is by artists Amanda Triplett and Tammy Jo Wilson, both residents of the Portland area. The exhibit runs from July 2 through the end of August in the Parrish Gallery. There will be an artist reception for both from 5 to 8 p.m. July 5.
The exhibit described as being "about the irrepressible metamorphosis of the human body and beauty within the organic form."
Wilson and Triplett display works on the biological body that "blend their creative expressions in this compelling and tactile exhibit about the biological body, through works of encaustics, paintings, prints, fiber and textile installations," according to a release.
Triplett crafts sculptural fiber works and installations from salvaged textiles, while Wilson is a visual artist who focuses on the changing body, navigating identity and the implications of racism, sexism and prejudice in society.
According to her artist statement, Triplett was a 2016 Glean artist-in-residence, where she was given access to a Portland landfill to glean waste materials to make sculpture and installation. Most recently, she created a tactile, sculptural nest for an inclusive, multi-sensory group exhibit at Paragon Gallery in Portland.
Wilson, according to her artist statement, creates artwork using a broad variety of media, including photograph, video, pastel drawing, encaustic, fabrics, ceramics and paint.
"I'm interested in the relationship between the fragility of the physical body and the expanse of the conscious mind," she said in her artist statement. "The vulnerable matter that collectively holds together as arms, legs, eyes, ears, teeth and bone inevitably conflict with life's ambitions. This unbreakable bond between mind and body causes a lifelong power struggle that will always be lost."
Wilson, who works in the art department at Lewis and Clark College as the visual arts and technology program manager, was recently awarded the Leland Ironworks Gold Spot Artist Residency. She and her husband co-founded the arts organization Art in Oregon, which works to foster culturally rich regional communities through partnerships, advocacy and investment in artists, businesses, educational spaces and community spaces.