Kelly Saxton, Weeds
Presenting two new bodies of abstract work by Portland artist Kelly Saxton: oil paintings and smaller mixed media pieces. With titles like “Weed Ball,” the lush canvases seem to burrow into a mess of wild plant matter. By contrast, new pieces from her sculptural drawing series are built up with layers of heavy black paint, paper, wood, cloth and other materials. Referencing bark, they have the quality of dense accretions revealing underlays of lichen-like greens and reds.
Saxton’s practice has developed through observing the constant subtle changes within the Northwest landscape–changes that metamorphose through growth, bloom and gradual decline. Her tactile and layered works embody the passage of time, in the observation and art making processes and through the arc of days, passing weather and seasons.
Kelly Saxton attended Portland State University and Blackhawk Mountain School of Art and received her MFA from Pratt Institute in painting and art history.
The Oregonian selected Weeds as one of 7 art exhibitions to view in Portland this fall.
Left: Weed Ball, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24.”
Barking up the Tree, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 12 x 3.”
a.m. Bark, 2018. Mixed media, 19 x 16 x 3.”
Bark IV, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10 x 3.”
Bark Leaf, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10.”
Through the Weeds, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”
Fireweed, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”
Crocosmia, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24 x 2.”
Bark IV, 2018. Mixed media, 13 x 10.”
Looking out my back door at weeds, 2018. Oil on Canvas, 36 x 24.”
Bark V, 2018. Mixed media, 20 x 16.”