This season, the art submissions for VoiceCatcher teemed with life. Imagery of flora and fauna, much inspired by our own lush Northwest, spilled in. I saw these works as befitting mascots of a Portland winter: green and animate.
Annamieka Hopps Davidson brings her own sense of wonder into painted depictions of our region’s already wondrous vegetation. She creates paintings in layers, nurturing her imagery and allowing it to grow like the plant life that is so often her muse.
Take a closer look at the collage work by Alison Foshee: The seductive tendrils and sprightly leaves of her trademark plant forms are created entirely by staples. The miniature manmade metal bars become supple, organic shapes, their tight grip on the paper challenging that of even Portland’s tenacious kudzu ivy.
Tamar Hammer’s vibrant painted tableaus illustrate people interacting with the natural world, seeming to find joy and magic on ocean shores and in manicured parks alike. Her scenes, and the descriptions she gives to accompany, provide joy and magic right on back to the viewer.
Our feature artist, printmaker Clare Carpenter, makes her work under the playful and animalistic moniker Tiger Food Press. Her subject matter lately, however, has been birds, beasts, and plants native to Oregon. It’s easy to see how the earth inspires Clare, as it does all of our artists this season. Here’s hoping you are able find wonder in the outdoors as well, whether the sky is filled with rain or rainbows.