May 5-June 2, 2018  |   Corrine Woodman Gallery in The Arts Center

Rosalie Lingo received The Arts Center’s Student Award for Excellence in 2017, including a one person exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. Lingo’s current series of artwork begins from the experience of being a human and the complexities of human emotions and events. “My artworks intend to capture the identities and experiences surrounding the idea of what it means to inhabit a human body. Social, physical, emotional, sexual, and mental narratives are the basis for my artworks,” says Lingo.

Lingo specializes in figurative drawing and painting, drawing inspiration from her personal encounters. She focuses on a variety of issues including social power dynamics, gender and sexuality, and psychiatric expressions, working mainly in mixed media. Lingo utilizes many different media to evoke specific emotions through their unique qualities, even media which are considered crafts rather than fine art.

Lingo attempts to process the realities of her life, coming to terms with being a member of the LGBT community, struggling with anxiety and depression, and navigating the dynamics of poverty. She was mostly self-taught, filling approximately forty sketchbooks in a self-constructed course by the time she was eighteen. After graduating high school, Lingo decided that formal art education was the next step in her path. She graduated with an associate’s degree from LBCC in 2016 and will graduate with a BFA in applied visual arts from Oregon State University in 2018. After graduation, she intends to pursue a creative field career and continue on path as a practicing fine artist.

Karen Miller came from a family that had a lot of art in it; her mother was an artist, so she first chose to become a biologist. After her children were grown, she decided to take her hobby of quilting and crochet a step further.

By coincidence she came across a course in a traditional technique of Katazome* the art of Japanese stencil dying.  As with many everyday crafts of Japan it developed into a respected art form of its own. The cutting of the detailed stencils is precise and labor intensive work.   Miller knew immediately that Katazome was a technique where she could express what she wanted, and suited her temperament. She takes great care in her designs, and makes sure that the natural designs are true to nature. She creates wall hangings, Noren*, and fabric for clothing and scarves. 

Miller also discovered it is an art form that has been dying. In Japan the practitioners no longer have apprentices.  Miller is painstakingly keeping the tradition alive in Corvallis, Oregon. She sells her artwork in The Arts Center’s ArtShop and at the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

Katazome (型染め) is a Japanese method of dyeing fabrics using a resist paste applied through a stencil. With this kind of resist dyeing, a rice flour mixture is applied using a brush or a tool such as a palette knife. Pigment is added by hand-painting, immersion or both. Where the paste mixture covers and permeates the cloth, dye applied later will not penetrate.

Noren (暖簾) are traditional Japanese fabric dividers hung between rooms, on walls, in doorways, or in windows. They usually have one or more vertical slits cut from the bottom to nearly the top of the fabric, allowing for easier passage or viewing. Noren are rectangular and come in many different materials, sizes, colors, and patterns.