In the Corrine Woodman Gallery | January 4 – January 28, 2017

  • Conversations in the Corrine: January 12 at noon.

Inspired by the Willamette, artist Abigail Losli explores how water shapes our lives in ways. Like Losli, Diane Widler Wenzel’s art encourages us to learn and make new connections. However, her art, more abstract, encourages viewers to listen to the art itself.

The Willamette River flows through Corvallis, a beauty that provides a peaceful retreat to the city’s residents. Inspired by the Willamette, artist Abigail Losli explores how water shapes our lives in ways that often go unacknowledged. Her art challenges us to pause and consider how water permeates our lives and how our lives affect the environment around us. Like Losli, Wenzel’s art encourages us to learn and make new connections. However, her art, more abstract, encourages viewers to listen to the art itself and seek out new ways of thinking and learning through the act of creation.

Losli’s work is inspired by her ritual of visiting the Willamette River to recharge and reflect. Each painting in her collection depicts water, representing a specific visit to the Willamette. Losli describes her work:

“Showing up to pause and breathe turned into an awareness that we build lives around this place. We build lives around water. This is part of how I live. I bathe in it, I cook with it, I drink it. Most of the water we use daily in Corvallis comes from the Willamette River. What began as a simple act of self-care turned into a deeper understanding of the rich connections and traditions surrounding our proximity to water.”

Losli’s work inspires others to consider their connection to the environment around them, how their environment impacts their lives and how their lives impact their environment. While Losli’s work is precise and contained to a specific exploration of water, Wenzel’s art has a colorful, independent style. She is inspired by Chinese brush painting, as well as abstract, cubistic, and expressionistic paintings.

Wenzel describes art as a journey, which allows her to draw new connections, take risks, and explore new avenues of expression in her life.

“Every painting is begun with a general thought, like today I like warmth and long to be swimming through clear, clean waters. Every painting is a journey begun without knowing the resolution. When the entire surface is thinly coated with color distributed without judging my actions, the painting starts giving me directions revealing that it has needs” says Wenzel.

Wenzel’s art speaks to her. Though she begins with an idea for her paintings, she relinquishes control as she works, opening herself up to the opportunity to learn from her art and see where a painting takes her. For Wenzel painting is not just a means of expression, but a way of thinking, learning, and growing.

Losli is a Corvallis-based painter who earned her bachelor of fine arts from Oregon State in 2016. Wenzel is a seasoned artist with a painting and drawing degree from Portland State University.

Contact at The Arts Center: Hester Coucke, The Arts Center Curator, hester@theartscenter.net (541) 754-1551