The Nils Lou Gallery is pleased to present an online exhibition of works by Linfield University's 2020 Spring ARTS Painting Courses 

 

Stephanie Juanillo
"Abuelita Chela, you are warmth" 
Acrylic on canvas cloth
30" X 32"
 
Statement: 
This painting of my abuelita, is focusing on the celebration and beauty of aging. The layers of pattern are representative of my lineage, the trauma of several women before me, and their rich human experience. Without them I am nothing, I carry a piece of them with me everyday.
 

Daisy D. Coblentz
"Campesino" 
Acrylic on Stretched canvas
24" X 30"

Statement:
For this study, I focused on bringing awareness to a social inequality issue. This piece is inspired by current events of COVID-19, where essential workers are a necessity. Migrant farm laborers (campesinos) are part of the essential workers, however, their work often goes unnoticed. I painted an “X” on the bandana as to represent being silenced and unheard. I also painted the campesino holding out a bucket with picked tomatoes offering them to the viewer. I started this piece with drawing the figure from imagination, afterwards I used pictures of myself for reference. In many different aspects this piece was a challenge for me which made it a great learning experience.
 
 

 
Skyler McShane
"Greazy"
9"x12"
Acrylic Paint
Description: Pizza satisfies one's need for warmth and comfort, when there is not much warmth or comfort in the rest of one's life.
 
"Cake"
12"x9"
Acrylic Paint 
Description: Chocolate becomes an outlet for romantic, sensual, and sexual desires. We may be driven to dig in voraciously; at the same time, external and internalized pressures compel us to exercise restraint.
 
"Peachy
9"x12"
Acrylic Paint
Description: Eating a peach, allowing the juice to trickle down one's chin and wrist and arm, is a metaphor for relishing one's own sweetness. There is pleasure and joy to be discovered in solitude.
 
Statement: 
My three final pieces, which I tentatively refer to as Peachy, Greazy, and Cake, center around the theme of food as metaphor. These paintings were inspired by the work of Anita Johnston, a psychologist and author of the book Eating in the Light of the Moon, which explores how the particular foods we are drawn to can be symbolic of our various emotional hungers. I started with the intention of wanting to draw out some of the complex value of food and eating that is often overshadowed by diet culture, and maybe I have done so, but I see my pieces as having gone a slightly different direction. I have had to approach painting in a light-hearted, fun way because of how dreary and lonesome the past few months have felt. I have found my paintings have provided an outlet for the sensory deprivation I’ve felt. I think most of my pieces are about sensation in one way or another, which has included taste, emotion, sight, sound, touch, and maybe smell. In this way, they are artifacts of quarantine. Taking into consideration my body of work, as a whole, for this semester, I notice that I have worked figuratively (using the human figure, specifically), which I think reflects my inclination to portray human experiences in my paintings. My main hope is that my paintings engage the viewer’s senses, thoughts, and feelings.
 
 
Camile Lubach
"Tea United"
10" X 13"
 
Statement:
This painting is the culmination of my research and personal experience with tea. Each teapot represents a different culture that celebrates tea-drinking, including Great Britain, Turkey, Japan, and Persia. The golden trail is an allusion to the Chinese legend in which a mythical emperor drinks tea for the first time in history. The background of this piece is painted with green and black teas.
 
About the Gallery:
The Nils Lou Gallery is student gallery that is free and open to the public. Lou Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, when school is in session. The gallery is located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield University campus. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center (Albertson’s) in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the first building on the left, Building A. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503.883.2804