1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Multnomah Arts Center (Art Gallery), 7688 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, Oregon 97219
Friday, February 22 2019, 9:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Elisabeth Walden and Ahuva Zaslavsky present "Rhythm and Rest"
Event Types > Arts/Culture/Recreation
An exhibit of ceramics and monotypes.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Monday – Friday 9 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Ahuva S. Zaslavsky was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Portland in 2010. She graduated from the University of Negrev, Israel with a B.A. in behavioral sciences. Her art practice began in Portland when she attended PNCA and at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Coming from a diverse background, psychology, sociology and literary studies, she is constantly seeking to understand the relations between human behaviors, the individual motivation to be and create and the interaction with the outer world of society and culture. In Ahuva’s current monotypes series, she explores “the theme of movement and rhythm of the individual in private and public spaces, their expression within the psychological and mental space, and the ways to express them in two dimensional forms.”
Elisabeth Walden has a Studio Art Major BA from Yale University and MFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. Her art originates in her struggle as a queer fat woman to construct an embodied, loving representation of her body despite huge social pressure to hate herself because of it. The prints, paintings and ceramics she makes exist along a continuum between representation and abstraction, between the frank immediacy of the body print and the language of abstract painting, between her adoration of abundant flesh and the world’s abhorrence for it. In “Rhythm and Rest,” Elisabeth’s focus is on hand building figurative ceramic planters and vases depicting fat bodies. These pieces are couched with tenderness and humor and are in tension with our cultural ideas about fat and otherwise marginalized bodies. As she explains, “I hope this work causes the viewer to reconsider their ideas about beauty and to build their empathy for fat people, though I don’t mind when the response is simply to stop, look, smile or laugh, pinch or caress, or smell the plants contained in it.”