The Pendleton Center for the Arts presents a solo exhibition of new work by La Grande artist Jessica Plattner, from October 4-27, 2012. The opening reception is free and open to the public, and will be held Thursday, October 4th from 5:30-7:00 PM. The PCA is located at 214 N. Main Street in Pendleton.
Jessica Plattner is Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. The work in this show was completed in Canada and Italy during Plattner’s 2011-12 sabbatical from EOU. She spent the year creating a new body of work while serving as artist-in-residence at Medicine Hat College in Alberta, Canada, and at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. During this time Plattner traded in her familiar oil paints in exchange for paper, photos, scissors, and glue to create a large group of collages depicting her infant daughter in a variety of surreal settings. In these images, the baby is undaunted by flying fish, winged people, and floating eyeballs. She is not afraid of bears or alligators, who display their teeth for her to examine freely. The imagery is sometimes playful and sometimes disturbing, serving as a meditation on the magic possibilities of childhood and a visual prayer for strength and safety for the artist’s baby girl.