Shelley Jordon’s artistic exploration of family comes to Fairbanks Gallery

Morning Coffee: Animated projection and installation

Materfamilias, a multi-media installation by Oregon State Professor of Art Shelley Jordon, opens Jan. 10 in Fairbanks Hall. A reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 in Fairbanks Gallery.

In Materfamilias, Jordon expands the realm of her previous still life paintings to include exploration of family relationships, connections between past and present experiences and the complicated nature of memory; physical and emotional, collective and personal. Combining traditional drawing and painting materials with animation and animated installation, explores issues of vulnerability and risk and how easily shattered the illusion of safety can be.

“Images culled from every day life and personal dreams and memories combine with images that refer to Roman mythology, discarded stuffed animals and brain scans,” Jordon said. “Interior and exterior worlds are woven together and domestic affairs become interchangeable with current events in a stream of consciousness. The process of creating hand painted animated paintings by repeatedly layering new images over old becomes a metaphor for life itself. Though the previous images are buried, they remain integral to the understanding of the finished piece.”

Jordon is a Brooklyn-born, Portland-based painter and multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection between interior and exterior worlds and connections between past and present experiences. A recipient of a 2010 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship Award, a Fulbright-Hayes Group Travel Research Grant to Yemen and Tunisia, a 2010 OSU Center for the Humanities Fellowship Award, and an Oregon Artist’s Fellowship Award in Painting, her artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues nationally and internationally, including the Frye Museum in Seattle, Washington, the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum, the Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Portland Biennial, at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME.

Terremoto. 2010. Still, animated installation 7 minutes.

Her award-winning, hand-painted animated films have been shown in Hamburg, Germany, Sydney, Australia, Jerusalem and Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York and her MFA from Brooklyn College. Jordon has recently returned from a research trip to Berlin, Germany and to Jerusalem, Israel, where she was the 2010 Visual Arts Fellow for the pilot program for the Jerusalem Cultural Fellowship.

This exhibit will have special hours of 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

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