Jillian Sokso: In the Shadow of the Mountain, As if the Sea Were Nothing
February 18 - March 18, 2016
Reynolds Gallery presents solo exhibition by printmaker Jillian Sokso, In the Shadow of the Mountain, As if the Sea Were Nothing, on view in the gallery February 18 - March 18, 2016 with a Screen-Printing workshop, Monday, March 7, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, refreshments will be served.
Jillian Sokso's prints are a visual extension of thoughts; part personal archive, part printmaking evangelism. She's influenced by biographical history, her immediate surroundings of the Willamette Valley, Oregon, and pondering connections between humankind and the natural world.
The works included in this exhibit are a small selection from two larger bodies entitled In the Shadow of the Mountain, As if the Sea Were Nothing. Completed in 2015, these pieces include images drawn from the landscape of northwest Oregon, and are printed with relief and pochoir on yamagampi and silk gampi tissues. This work considers the landscape of a region that is new to me; while making and researching the imagery I was considering the writings of Annie Dillard, Tom Sleigh and Fernando Pessoa and dwelling in the visual poetry of the land. I'm interested in pulling color from the landscape but changing the impact of the elements by intensifying the palette observed in life. I'm manipulating scale and hierarchy of elements to mimic the ways I have experienced tree boughs, mountain and hillside silhouettes and meandering vegetation-through close observation and by long vistas. There exists an attempt to make comparisons and reflection on the light, atmosphere, positive and negative spaces in the everyday.
University of the Pacific, "Jillian Sokso: In the Shadow of the Mountain, As if the Sea Were Nothing" (2016). Reynolds Gallery Exhibits Archive. 66.