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Today’s Events

  • Jan 4
    Starting From Darkness Jan 04 to Mar 04 @Waterstone Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Dorothy Glenn "Generous Mystery" Jan 04 to Feb 25 @Wolff Gallery
  • Jan 16
    Regarding Rascals Jan 16 to Feb 24 @Froelick Gallery
  • Jan 20
    Flood Jan 20 to Feb 24 @Disjecta
  • Jan 20
    Stratospheric Jan 20 to Mar 02 @Geezer Gallery @ Artists Repertory Theatre
  • Jan 25
    Susan Opie, Bryn Harding, Nancy Abens Jan 25 to Feb 20 @Guardino Gallery
  • Feb 1
    Assemblage & Collage Feb 01 to Mar 31 @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Feb 1
    Phraseology Feb 01 to Feb 24 @Butters Gallery
  • Feb 1
    Kanetaka Ikeda: Parts of the Cosmic Tree Feb 01 to Feb 25 @Blackfish Gallery
  • Feb 1
    Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery Feb 01 to Feb 28 @Annie Meyer Gallery

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Joanna Bornowski, Painter

Original oil painting "Constricted Transitions"
Growing up with two parents as artists and art teachers may have been the greatest life gift. Art, for me, is the most vulnerable way to self express. I have a preference for painting as I learn more about myself each time I pick up a brush. It’s fascinating to me the meditative way painting brings up layers of thought as one applies layers of paint to the canvas. My paintings generally work towards a cooperative whole where two things viewed generally separate are joined. What is it to combine two seemingly different things into one? I contemplated what it is to be masked or unmasked as I worked on my larger series. We all have qualities we choose to present the world while we hide others. It is only in our minds that some of these masks can be flaws. The impulse or desire to show the true multifaceted version of what we are can be frightening. It takes courage to be vulnerable. I believe the knowing and understanding of our fullness comes like layers of paint; discovering the next layer only when we are ready to integrate. I have come to understand that when we evade our true selves we evade the responsibility gifted to us by the inspiration from which it came. It is my desire to step into truth though my artwork and encourage the viewer to find their truth. I create my artwork in Portland, OR.