On view January 5th – 31st, 2011
Opening reception First Thursday January 6th, 6 pm – 8 pm
Country Portraits is the new exhibition of paper collage portraits from folk artist Marian Rose Lucas. Her deep-rooted love of classic country music served as inspiration for this 36-piece survey. Drawing from Appalachian, Bluegrass, Blues, Country & Western and Folk genres, Marian has captured the voices that have spoken to her loudest. The pieces are backed and framed with found barn wood, re-purposed from an old structure on the 100-acre property outside Sheridan, OR where Marian lives.
Working primarily with paper collage and found wood, and drawing from themes of patriotism, rural family life, nature, and the role of spirituality in music and art, Marian Rose Lucas has been creating original works since 2003. Raised in the Appalachian foothills of Georgia, she was encouraged to express herself through art by her mother, herself a folk artist. Marian found inspiration in the clean lines and colorful characters of children’s author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, and in the spiritual depictions of visionary artist and Baptist preacher Howard Finster. In the mid 2000s, Marian relocated to the Pacific Northwest and found fresh inspiration in the natural surroundings and the unique flora and fauna of the region. She began to show her works more extensively around Portland, OR. In August 2009, Marian completed her first major themed exhibition, consisting of paper collage portraits of all 44 U.S. Presidents. The entire exhibition was acquired by a private collector within an hour of the show’s opening. In March 2010, her Portraits of the American West featured such folklore figures as Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Calamity Jane, and Geronimo. Of her work, Marian says, “It’s an obsession. Everything I see I turn into paper in my head. For me, it’s deconstructing the world and then constructing it back into simpler things, because it’s complicated here.”