Totem Shriver

Exhibition Dates: February 12 – March 21, 2020


Live Performance & Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Including light refreshments in the Linfield Gallery




This exhibit explores spaces that are not clearly defined. I look to convey images, (as well as the entire gallery space) that contain and hold power that is difficult to put a finger on. The concept seems simple -- find inspiration and get on the PATH. Traveling from theory to practice however, generally involves uncertainty and change. The direction is bound to deviate.


I attempt to inspire awe with my art. I cultivate a bold imagination, and I am always open to breaking the rules. The struggle, frequently, is to say enough but not too much. Intelligence appears within the materials and the moment. I attempt to listen and to be a channel.  I undulate and move through space as does the SKY. I listen and pause until the moment is right. I begin with very little direction regarding images. Observation followed by questions. Answers eventually arrive and I feel as if I am a small boy making a new discovery. If I listen close enough and/or long enough I am moved as if I was in a DREAM.


I enjoy the process. Depending on the media, I sometimes work with deconstructed and reconstructed images, organic lines and forms. Carving requires time and is extremely physical. Painting can happen in a moment. Additive and/or subtractive treatments become very fluid. The challenges and rewards are unimaginable.


Being a maker is central to my core and I find it incredibly necessary for life. Working in a variety of media is a great way to inform ourselves about abilities, strong points or weaknesses. In this exhibit I am exploring painting and ceramics which are both new twists for me. As for “next moves,” I would also like to try weaving and dying natural materials.


I hope this show encourages students (and we’re all students) who struggle to find their voice, or who do not yet understand just how much freedom we have as artists.



Instagram: @totemlee



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.


Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, & Saturdays 12 PM to 5 PM

(except during school holidays)


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.