|Floating Fire, Point Reyes, CA|
Proposal for Exhibition of work by Gloria Lamson and Russell Jaqua (sent separately)
Northwind Arts Center, September 2018
Images, Statement & Bio for Gloria Lamson below
|Between the Lines|
|Looking into the light, Port Townsend, WA|
|Weaving between inner and outer, Spokane, WA|
|Moving with what is, The Blue Rope, SE Alaska|
|Animus Aerie, Art Outside, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, WA|
|Being Here, Old Fort Townsend, WA|
|Being Here, Art Outside, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, WA|
|Here and Now, from The Island Project, SE Alaska|
|Mussel shells with incoming tide, from The Island Project, SE Alaska|
Since 1995 I’ve used natural or simple manmade materials, to create temporary site responsive installations and interactions in nature and architectural environments. I document my process and results with still photographs. I’m drawn to interact with the tangible forces of earth, air, water, fire, light and time. As I work, my thoughts circle around metaphorical and alchemical associations stimulated by both the form and action that transpires. My art practice serves as a vehicle to integrate and reconcile the world within me with the world around me. Seasonally, my art practice moves between creating indoor studio work and more public outdoor works with/in nature or peopled areas. My intention is to nurture experiences of wakeful awareness and personal renewal while fostering connections to the worlds within and around us.
The first six images above are from the series “Evidence of Momentary Fire”. I associate fire with consciousness, burning for a time in a particular body then leaving this physical reality. I began working with fire as a marking agent with intention to focus attention into the present. To create these works, I laid out simple and often symbolic forms with matches, sparklers, and or gunpowder then ignited them on various surfaces. (The fire prints above were done on watercolor paper.) I’m interested in exploring ways to co-create visual poetic works with natural and human forces that shape our world.
Since 1975, Lamson’s work has been included in numerous collections, publications, and exhibitions including the Tacoma, Bellevue and Oakland Art Museums. She was part of the first wave of artists represented by websites that showcase international artists working with and in nature; including Greenmuseum.org, Women Environmental Artists Directory (originating in USA), and Yatooi.com. (originating in Korea). She received a project grant from Artist Trust for ‘The Island Project’ in SE Alaska where she returned to work on same small, remote island over a period of 6 years. Lamson has been awarded several artist residencies in the western US and worked with an international artist residency program near San Francisco. She has created numerous temporary site-responsive installations for public street windows, outdoor art-parks and festivals, including numerous projects for Webster’s Woods at Port Angeles Fine Art Center, The Anacortes Arts Festival, and Bellevue City Hall.
In 1999 she received her MFA in Arts & Consciousness from John F. Kennedy University in California and in 1975 a BA from Evergreen State College with a specialization in black and white fine art photography. She is a Northwest native, glad to call Port Townsend home.
Her current work can be seen at http://glorialamson.blogspot.com/ and an archive of selected past work at http://www.glorialamson.com.