Meet the Artists

Belinda Chlouber-"Union"

22"x30", Mixed Media on Paper

When I think about “life” I think about a world that is alive. Alive with insects and animals, with trees and plants. For my mixed media art piece, Union, I integrated images of life, insects and flowers, into the images of two figures kissing. For me this represents our finding a balance and love for other creatures (life) and living harmoniously with them on the one planet we have.

Alysia Love - "The Contrast"

I chose wall hangings for this project because it is the visually largest, quickest and easiest medium to work with. Macrame and weaving wall hangings provides the greatest creative expression, freedom and ease to tell a story.

This first piece is fully woven. Each row is like the previous, but alternating (as is the nature of a woven material). The material varies row to row, but overall the technique is the same. This represents how generation to generation, people usually do as the previous generation did. For example, the generational pattern of having children, or the pattern of eco-waste, materialism, etc. The diverse colors offer a new perspective to what generational tradition can look like, eg-changing the status quo.

The second piece is macrame, with a variety of styles. This represents the creativity and diversity possible with education.

Both pieces are beautiful in their own way. They are different. One is not better than the other. There is just a stark difference between what could be possible.

Ian Paratore - "I Spy"

Black and white figures from 1980s book proofs on National Geographic rips on color paper from summer camp on the back of a map of Portland, Oregon.

I wanted a lot of green to serve as untouched nature, so I went to Community thrift on Valencia street and got some National Geographic magazines. I went border to border with only room for some lightning bolts of toxic color. The tree started with a strong trunk, then down to the delicate roots, then branched out. The images that make up the tree invoke an array of ideas surrounding sex and women's rights.

The tree is diverse and beautiful, and independent of the world underneath. Neon color is out of place, but the cracks are growing.

Julie Smiley *Absent*

“Walking, Late Afternoon” 2019. Oil on Panel. 36”H x 48” W. To purchase contact artist

Needs to be hung or displayed on an easel (can you rustle one up?).

Smiley’s Statement: “Walking, Late Afternoon” depicts several figures on a sidewalk, possibly a public square. Long shadows fall to the foreground as each stride busily on and off the scene. Central, are three figures: a maternal person accompanied by two young children, one with whom she is holding hands and the other turning towards or following her. Each child seems distracted as the adult form leads forward. The coloring, the motion, the subject matter combine in an air of both romance and threat.

As we face increasing infertility rates and escalating socio-economic challenges in an era of overpopulation and “Lean In” messages, how do we manage the decision or opportunity to have children?

Who cares for our children as their parents chose or work out of necessity? Who cares for the parents themselves, an impactful consideration as so many single parents manage, living far from family. A support network and sense of belonging isn’t automated in our communities.

As progenitors, how do we balance the exchange that occurs in our contemporary American culture of a lowered perceived sexual value traded for some tenuous and slight increase in our perceived contributions to “the future generations”?

How do we raise the next generation in a world that is so actively and loudly fearing its own demise?

How do we instill hope and love in young children for something that will inevitably bring them pain and joy of their own?

Rose Paratore- "The Umbrellas"

I intentionally chose the name “A Case for Climate and Sex” to grab people’s attention! The two words can mean many different things, even more when separated from one another. Depending on where you are in the world, you may think of Sex as a forbidden word, a word to mean identity, a word that indicates contrast between masculine and feminine, a word that means pleasure, a word that means pain, a word that means reproduction, a word that means safe, a word that means consent, a word that means children. So many words sit in the umbrella of Sex, that I intend for the piece to speak to the intersections that we do not address when discussing “Climate,” most prevalently now spoken about in relation to climate change, global warming, environmental science, policy, renewable energy, and so on and so forth. The piece “The Umbrellas” invites inquiry into the intersections of our changing climate, and our choice of whether or not to have children. Climate impacts bodies, and our bodies impact the climate.

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Rose Paratore- "The Umbrellas"

Roland - "The Bicycle Wheel Partner Silhouette"

A recycled bicycle wheel that captures nature and imagining a partnership