2016 Fellowship Recipient

Julie Green

Born in Japan and raised in the Midwest, Julie Green knew by age four that she wanted to be an artist. From her childhood, Green recalls, “Growing up, there was no distinction between the family quilts and ukiyo-e prints in our home. An Iowa neighbor’s front yard showcased larger-than-life famous figures and a 20 foot American flag, all made out of ears of colored corn.” Her art is deeply integrated into her life and vice versa. She says, “Education, cooking, gardening, service, and handwork were, and are, a part of each day.

Tannaz Farsi

At PICA’s TBA Festival last year, Tannaz Farsi’s work And Others consisted of a large LED display of a short text from Bertolt Brecht’s Threepenny Opera: “Some are in the dark and others are in the light we see them in the light in the dark we do not see them.” Recto, the letters of the text surged and subsided in light while verso, every one of its tangle of wires was on view. A sublime, complex object, meticulously fabricated, this work is a great introduction to Farsi’s conceptual practice.

Laurie Danial

An unshakable commitment to process and instinct is what Laurie Danial will tell you characterizes her practice, which results in prints and paintings featuring complex layerings of organic and architectural forms.

Fernanda D'Agostino

Portland audiences had the chance to see Fernanda D’Agostino’s work in full flower at her 2013 exhibition, The Method of Loci at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University. A retrospective of sorts, the exhibition was constructed as an interactive memory palace (referring to the ancient Greek mnemonic device).

Natalie Ball

Photographs of Natalie Ball’s installation To Be Continued show a star quilt on a frame of branches with the letters M-O-D-O-C in lights in the center. There are handmade dolls, a stack of textiles, and notably, Ball’s daughter posing in front of this backdrop. Ball talks about the work as both a conscious action to disconnect her daughter from problematic images of Native women, but also to connect her daughter to “her history, her water, her land and her cultures for survival.” Ball’s consideration of her ancestry guides her work.


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