For the month of February, the gallery is excited to feature Weave by the multi-disciplinary artist Dana Lynn Louis. This exhibition has been in process for the last two years and is a combination of Louis’s work abroad at ‘Thread’—an artist’s residency in Senegal, West Africa—and Gather:Make:Shelter, a citywide creative collaborative in Portland, OR. Both projects aim to enrich the lives of those in their community through creative practice and artistic pursuits with a focus on collaboration, engagement, skill-building, and connection. According to the artist, “All of this work is related as I weave together life and work, which is a direct response to the energetic ties between all of us, thus lessening the miles between us conceptually and physically. It is increasingly important to me that all of my work, no matter its form, moves towards light, weaving us together and creating levity and beauty along the way.”
Dana Lynn Louis received her MFA from Ohio State University and came to Portland in 1988 as an artist-in-residence at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. For two decades she has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light, and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter one’s experience of their environment. Louis’s work is influenced by her travels, her many collaborative experiences as an artist, and also by her practice and study of yoga. Her work explores the connective layers in all of these experiences. More recently, Louis received a Career Opportunity Grant from The Ford Family Foundation for a six-week residency at Thread in Senegal, West Africa and is the Founding Director of Gather:Make:Shelter in Portland, OR. Her work has been reviewed by publications such as Sculpture Magazine, Artweek, and the German periodical Glashaus, among others. Louis’s work is in the public collections of the Portland Art Museum and Regional Arts & Culture Council.