It’s Like This Every Day

Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2011

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Thirty-One Days, 2011
Wood, acrylic paint, paper, glue
72 x 84 x 1.25 inches

Every day for one month in 2010 I took photographs of colors whenever I saw one that struck me.  I recorded when and where I saw each color, what the object was, and what I was doing when I saw it.  Thirty-One Days is a translation of that record.   Thirty-one panels are laid out as a calendar; each panel represents one day, and each stripe is one of the colors that I saw on that day.  Written on each color is its history of time and place - an attempt to capture a moment and make it tangible.

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Going Around, 2011
Wood, acrylic paint, paper, glue
72 x 84 x 1.25 inches

Going Around is made up of thirty-one panels as well.  The colors come from Thirty-One Days, one color from each day.  The lines represent paths that I walk or drive as part of my regular routine:  on the way to school, the doctor’s office, the video store, etc.  I traced each path from a map of Portland, folded my tracing (drawing a reflection of the original path) and created the symmetrical forms.  The lines flow into themselves.  Everyday routine can be that way; sometimes you are back and forth so often that it feels like you are going around in circles.

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While Thirty One Days is a direct document of time and experience, Going Around tries to make sense of both.  The first piece shows a linear movement, proceeding from one minute to the next, where the elements are empirical.  The second piece follows a circular pattern, layering and weaving color and line, the way our memory rearranges images and thoughts from our past.

Photos:  Maria T.D. Inocencio

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