“Liz & Friends”
Liz Schafroth Micki McClain Emma Carter
Sponsored by: John & Harriet Langfeldt
Ned & Sandy Kice
Liz Schafroth was raised in The Dalles, OR and is currently living in Portland OR where she is doing freelance work and pursuing a BFA in illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her illustrations are bold and iconic and they have evolved to consist of screen-printing, letterpress and digital medias. They convent themes of history, television, movies, literature, Broadway and a broad range of social issues. She has spend the better part of the last 5 years living in Portland, OR as a barista to support her way through school.
Emma Carter is currently a student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon where she is majoring in Arts Studies, and pursuing a minor in Special Education. During her time at Portland State she has taken courses focusing in music performance, art history, art education, sculpture, and education.
Her collection of pottery demonstrates Emma’s exploration of clay form through functional ceramic pieces.
Micki says, art is cathartic. That is why my concepts are centered on either humorous antics or solemn retrospection. Both of these ideas have a sense of relief or letting go of pressure for both myself and for the viewer. In my work there is always a strong emotive aspect, whether that is sadness or laughter.
My work consists of 3-dimensional fiber art pieces, in which the concept can be represented in a singular piece. I use pop culture and the world of pc gaming to amplify the relate-ability of my humor. I utilize bursts of color while engaging the viewer with tactility and hidden meanings. One piece was a large “cage” that had no structural integrity at all, (due to the use of yarn as my material). This cage had a simple binary code based off of the game of World of Warcraft.
I also work with 2D photography to create thematically oriented series. These photographs focus on mental illness and loss. In most recent work I centered on depression and Body dysmorphic disorder. I photograph the subject with a large amount of intimacy in order to gain both relate-ability as well as interest. These portraits were created after an intense introspection of the human subject. By this process the subject was able to talk about their illness in a logical and constructive manner.
Opening reception for Liz, Emma and Micki is April 5, 5 - 7pm. Come by and see and meet the artists and see their work.