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  • Dec 7
    NOSTALGIA: An Art Retrospective
    Dec 07 to Jan 31
    @Pearl Gallery and Framing
  • Dec 7
    MICHELLE GRABNER, ANNE CRUMPACKER GINGHAM | ENSO
    Dec 07 to Jan 27
    @Upfor Gallery
  • Dec 26
    Winter Group Exhibition II
    Dec 26 to Jan 27
    @Butters Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Dorothy Glenn "Generous Mystery"
    Jan 04 to Feb 25
    @Wolff Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Ben Hucke
    Jan 04 to Jan 28
    @Gallery 903
  • Jan 4
    Vance Feldman - ForeverScape
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Blackfish Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Mark Andres
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Augen Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Presence/Absence
    Jan 04 to Jan 28
    @Elizabeth Leach Gallery
  • Jan 4
    Expose YourSELF in Art: Juried Show
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @Gallery 114
  • Jan 4
    Residue of a Vision
    Jan 04 to Jan 27
    @PDX Contemporary Art

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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.