Dualities Portrait

Liz Obert’s Acclaimed Dualities Series Comes to Linfield Gallery


Artist Reception: Wednesday, September 9, 5:00–7:00 p.m. with wine and light refreshments


Panel Discussion: Wednesday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. on the visualization of bipolar disorder and depression with artist Liz Obert; one of the portrait subjects; and mental health professionals.

Dualities, a series of photographs by Portland-based artist Liz Obert, will be on display August 31 through October 10 at the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College. An artist reception will be held September 9th from 5:00–7:00 PM. with wine and light refreshments. The series, which has been featured on Huffington Post, Slate, and Refinery29, documents the experiences of people suffering from bipolar disorder.


The exhibition features two images of each subject, one of how they prefer to be seen and one showing what they do when they are depressed. To capture these intimate portraits, the artist worked closely with her subjects, meeting them for coffee and establishing a rapport before discussing how they wanted to be photographed. It was important to her that her subjects were able to decide where they wanted to be photographed and what they would be doing.

The resulting images have resonated extensively with online communities and have been shared widely on personal blogs, bipolar websites, and in the news. A feature on Dualities was named  ‘One of the 10 Most Popular Stories in 2014’ on Slate.com. In her statement about the work, Obert talks about how her own experiences shaped the project: “As a person who suffers from bipolar II disorder, I lead a double life. I have one persona that people see everyday, and another that I hide from the world. Many others who suffer from bipolar and depression have the same experience. I believe it is important to put a human face to disorders that affect millions of people.”

This year Obert was awarded a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council to frame this work.


Liz Obert is an artist living in Portland Oregon. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Linfield College. She received her BFA from College of Santa Fe and her MFA from Washington State University. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Most recent exhibitions include the 3rd International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Municipal Museum of Malaga, Malaga, Spain and Musings, 18th Annual Photo Competition and Exhibition, Photo Center NW, Seattle, WA.


Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus (map). To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For a campus map, visit http://www.linfield.edu/assets/files/admission/campusmap.pdf. Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.Ample parking is free. For more information, call (503) 883-2804.