Portland artist Alyson Provax and Seattle artist Serrah Russell have created new works in collage, polaroid, letterpress, and animation which explore ideas of absence, disappearance, memory and change in the context of the recent solar eclipse within our current political climate.
Alyson Provax is a printmaker and an animator. She was born in California in 1984 and lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She has shown regionally at Upfor Gallery, Bridge Productions and the Whatcom Museum, nationally at A.I.R. Gallery and The Untitled Space in New York, and internationally at the Blueproject Foundation in Barcelona. Recently her work appeared in articles about artists’ responses to the 2016 election in New York Magazine, Newsweek and ArtSlant.
Serrah Russell's practice is a constant exploration of the photographic image and its ability to evoke memory, emotion and association. She is intrigued by how malleable photos can be so she seeks to harness that as she manipulates, crops and juxtaposes found photos. Russell earned a BFA in Photography from the University of Washington, and she works and lives in Seattle. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows in at Glass Box, SOIL, Photo Center Northwest, the Alice, Frye Art Museum, Lawrimore Project and others, and internationally in Vancouver, British Columbia; Melbourne, Australia; London, England; Athens, Greece.