Parts and Parcels

Emily Counts

October 10 – November 17, 2018 @ Linfield Gallery

Opening Reception and artist talk:

October 10, 5-7PM @ Linfield Gallery

 Image: Astral Months, 2017, Stoneware, stained glass, epoxy clay, walnut wood, electrical lighting, birch plywood

Linfield Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of newly created work by Seattle-based artist Emily Counts. The exhibition is on view from October 10 - November 17. An artist talk will be held at the gallery on October 10, at 5PM followed directly by a reception. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.


In her largest solo exhibition to date, artist Emily Counts’ Parts and Parcels is a collection of interconnected sculptures and installations that explore the theme of fluidity in the unconscious mind and within human-designed networks. Working in ceramic, wood, and glass, Counts brings together abstract constellations of amorphous shapes, arranged ritualistically or attached to one another via umbilical cord-like tethers. The resulting installations reflect how associations and connections are formed in our minds, in nature, within our bodies, and through social networks.

A meticulous focus on materiality is at the core of these endeavors. Counts writes of her work: ”My use of archival and enduring media such as ceramics, wood, and glass engages the notion of longevity and memory contained within objects and speaks to the history and tradition of craft practices. I am investigating connectivity in this way as it relates to time, and the links that my practice makes with the past, in addition to the many other instances of connection both internal and social that form our contemporary experience.”

Known for her distinct ceramic sculptures and jewelry, Counts’ more recent work has evolved to incorporate electric lighting that can be viewed through translucent stained glass and acrylic panels. The work stems from a curiosity about the way light, when viewed through glass, enhances the perception of color and the act of viewing itself. This experiential focus has also led to the development of interactive sculptures that viewers are invited to touch to activate, an invitation for physical connection with the work that further incorporates audiences into the psychological space these works inhabit.


Emily Counts was born in Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives and works. She studied at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin and the California College of the Arts, where she received her BFA. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Cooler Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), Eitoeiko (Tokyo), Bellevue Arts Museum (Bellevue, Washington), in Portland, Oregon, at Nationale, Carl & Sloan, and Disjecta, and in California at the Torrance Art Museum, Garboushian Gallery, Mark Moore Gallery, and Durden & Ray. Counts was an artist-in-residence creating work for associated solo exhibitions at Raid Projects in Los Angeles and Plane Space in New York. She has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and The Ford Family Foundation. Counts is a member of SOIL Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and is represented by Nationale in Portland, Oregon.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Lacroute Art Series and the Department of Art. The Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield College is made possible by the generosity of Ronni Lacroute, Linfield College trustee and arts benefactor. The series, sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College, is dedicated to helping the college present art events and activities for the campus and community. It provides programs featuring artists in the areas of music, art and visual culture, and theatre and communication arts. 


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 F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. 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 more information, call 503.883.2804 or visit Linfield Gallery at