Coos Art Museum
Big Girls and Bad Air
December 11, 2020 - January 30, 2021
M. V. Moran
Amanda Martin Wilcox
July 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018
First Friday Art Walk
July 6, 2018
5:30 pm - 8 pm
The exhibition, Melancholia, brings the perspective of four women artist who approach the subject of melancholy in different ways. Each artist takes her own approach and represents the emotion into a visual narrative. Their work explores the concept that melancholy is not only a feeling of sadness and grief, but a companion to disconnect and can be seen beyond an emotion and can be a guide to reconciliation.
Each perspective ranges from death, isolation, space and conformity. Vanover’s work encompasses melancholy as the companion to death, while Moran researches how isolation leads to melancholy by the cyclical. Wilcox’s work takes the concepts of melancholy and makes a notion, a feeling, into place with her landscapes. Lee takes melancholy and places the emotion into a space and the universal cycle.
M.V. Moran recently earned her Master of Fine Art in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. She has a BFA in Painting from the University of Oregon. She works in Eugene, Oregon. She has been actively involved in the Eugene-Springfield art community.
Rhonda Vanover is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. She received her Master of Fine Art in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland, Oregon and her undergraduate degree from the Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, New York.
Amanda Martin Wilcox holds an MFA in painting, photography and social practice from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon and earned her BFA in painting from the University of Oregon. Her interest in advocacy and meditation influences her work. Her work is also informed by her explorations of multicultural perspectives, travels to West Africa and Europe and research on inclusion and post-colonial systems of power.
Kum-ja Lee is a Korean artist based in Eugene, Oregon. Lee recently earned her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Lee earned her BFA and MFA at Hong-Ik University in Seoul, South Korea and a BA from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Lee has shown her work locally and internationally, including South Korea and Russia.
All of the artists have a connection with the Pacific Northwest. Each woman earned her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Vanover spends her time between the East Coast and Oregon. Moran is an Oregonian who was born, raised and educated in her home state. Wilcox moved from California to Oregon nearly thirty years ago and found home. Lee moved to Oregon over ten years ago from South Korea and has found the Pacific Northwest to add a sense of place to her life.