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Plattner's "Idyll Year" (2012), 16 x 20" collage.
September 26, 2012
PENDLETON, Ore. – The Pendleton Center for the Arts presents a solo exhibition of new work by La Grande artist Jessica Plattner as part of the Oregon Days of Culture celebration.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at the center located at 214 N. Main Street in Pendleton. The event is free and open to the public. Plattner’s exhibition continues through Oct. 27.
The work in this show was completed while Plattner, an associate professor of art at EOU, was on sabbatical in Canada and Italy in 2011-12. She spent the year creating a new body of work while serving as artist-in-residence at Medicine Hat College in Alberta and at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence.
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 that display their teeth for her to examine freely.
Plattner’s imagery is sometimes playful and occasionally 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.
For more information and to see additional images of Plattner’s work, visit www.jessicaplattner.com or call the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-278-9201.
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