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Of The Deep

  • The Red E 1600 N Killingsworth St Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)

will be showing @ The RED E Cafe and Gallery

November 13th through December 29th

Opening reception: November 13th from 7-10

is featuring live music by the Wooden Sleepers


About the art

"Arielle has painted this one whale over and over on fifteen canvases. She has drawn it on paper and printed it on wood. Of the Deep is a memorial to this one being, this whale, a mammal, like us, yet so different. Her work captures one life, as it lay extinguished on a beach, its remnants cast into an ambiguous space on raw canvas.
One of Arielle’s great talents is incorporating design imagery within her paintings of the natural world, a talent she uses to good effect in Of the Deep. Suggestions of Mandalas hover in the background. Rich with Tibetan mystical iconography, these talismans of the barrier between life and death appear at once etched in stone, yet floating like impressions in another dimension. Some are like shadows cast by the body of this majestic creature. Others seem to be emerging through the body, the symbol supplanting the body as the whale fades into the afterlife. The red blood naturally flowers into a pattern reminiscent of wedding china. It bleeds into the raw canvas and spreads like velveteen wallpaper. The modern meaning of the essence of life runs through the channels of the Mandalas, revealing the secret language of the inevitable.
This is, without a doubt, challenging work. The whale is more than a symbol. It serves as a direct, unavoidable, 40-ton confrontation with death. This simple creature lived and died. It bleeds red, just as we do. Of the Deep brings us up close with one beings conclusion and with the end we all face."
- Jeffery Howard

Earlier Event: October 2
FIRST Thursdays