Exploration: Whitney Nye explores with art. She works in just about every medium, such as painting, collage, glass casting, and weaving, using a lot of re-purposed materials. Whitney's work usually begins with a collection, or "family," for a show or exhibit. Each show has a theme, and no two shows are the same. She doesn't start with a plan, but just begins to work. Currently, Whitney is gathering wood for sculpting. She had an old sofa frame in her studio which she was dismantling and then will use the parts for the work.
|Posted with Permission from Whitney Nye|
The other piece was a large collage sitting against the wall in her studio. It is made from cut up scraps from old books, to which she added a painted outline of the shape of Oregon. Within the outline are round glass pieces of local fauna and animals, placed in the area of the state where they live. She has finished it so that in certain light, the areas lying outside the Oregon shape are darker. This is an impressive piece, and no picture I could take or description I could write would do it justice.
The Work of Art: Whitney explains that being an artist is hard work, both physically and emotionally. She works a lot in isolation, and has to be her own cheerleader, motivator and accountant. Art is her business, and like any hard working professional, she needs time to rejuvenate and get away from it. Family is more important to her than work. Believing that time is limited, when her nieces or nephews call and ask to go out, she goes.
Whitney just opened a 6 month exhibit at Concourse B at Portland International Airport. The press release describes it as a demonstration of "her patience and dexterity with various mediums." With this exhibit, "Nye considers and questions the lost connection to the act of making things at home, and how we are presently reconnecting to those abundant creative resources."
|Rose City (Posted with Permission from Whitney Nye)|
|Me and Us (Posted with Permission from Whitney Nye)|
The Bucket List: One of Whitney's favorite things about Portland is its music scene. Whitney has noticed how Portland has changed and grown over the years, but she appreciates all the great musical talent the city attracts. Not only does she enjoy listening to all the great music here, Whitney also wants to learn to play the guitar. In fact, Whitney has a "bucket list" of other professions she would like to try, and spending two weeks working in a recording studio is high on that list.
Whitney would also like to help design developments so that they blend better with the environment and nature where they are built. She remarked that many of the new buildings going up in NW Portland just don't fit the aesthetics of the area and look out of place. Similarly, Whitney thinks it would be fun to create the overall interior aesthetic and feel for homes and buildings - something more overarching and unique than the work of an interior designer. Whitney also thinks about designing fabrics.
|The Studio on NW Front St.|