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  • Jul 8
    Summer Show
    Jul 08 to Aug 19
    @Lane Gallery
  • Jul 27
    Shannon Weber, Chi Meredith, Michael Kurz
    Jul 27 to Aug 27
    @Guardino Gallery
  • Jul 29
    Mad Pursuit: Exploring Science through the Lens of Art
    Jul 29 to Aug 23
    @Ford Gallery
  • Aug 4
    Breaking the Mold
    Aug 04 to Sep 23
    @Eutectic Gallery
  • Aug 4
    Dolls & Clowns
    Aug 04 to Sep 29
    @Splendorporium
  • Aug 4
    Jean Schwalbe
    Aug 04 to Aug 26
    @Attic Gallery
  • Aug 12
    Scratching the Surface
    Aug 12 to Sep 02
    @Verum Ultimum 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.