Amanda Dawn Potter "To Raze is to Raise"
"Just because we lose, we are not lost. At these raw times we can see so clearly the fundamentals and use those ideas as seeds for the future. And so, it is though razing we can rise within ourselves."
Wolff Gallery is pleased to present To Raze is to Raise, a solo exhibition of new oil and gouache paintings by Amanda Dawn Potter. Drawing upon the Japanese tradition of “wabi-sabi,” Potter’s series focuses on the beauty of imperfection and impermanence inherent to the human condition and modeled by the natural world. Exaggerated human figures commingle with the organic forms of plants and animals in the artist’s surreal dreamscapes. Often, remnants of Potter’s past work can be seen peeking through the layers of newer paint as reminders that creation is a cyclical process, and that the human spirit can still flourish amid chaos and destruction.
First Thursday Opening Reception:
May 4, 2017 6-9 pm
Exhibition Run: May 4th - July 1st, 2017
Open during the First Thursday Art Walk June 1st
Amanda Dawn Potter is a self-taught painter. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 from Salt Lake City after a difficult year spent recovering from a serious bicycle accident and the death of her partner. Her artwork is autobiographical and she uses it as a tool for communicating with her emotional self. Potter’s work focuses on mental wellness, gender and sexual identity, and open communication about emotions. Recent exhibitions include shows at the CoHo Gallery in Portland and the Huntington Gallery in Seattle. Her watercolor series Remember to Water the Garden about self love and sex positivity was featured in an interview with Eleven PDX in 2015.
image © Amanda Dawn Potter