Totem Shriver

March 9 – April 20, 2019

Reception: March 8, 2019 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

“Everyday I am an artist. Decisions about what to make and how to make it are constantly running through my mind. Art and life are the same. Aesthetic decisions, concepts, theory all need to come together. And then there is the work. New skills, old skills, materials. It is indeed a dance of sorts. I am unclear as to why I was born with the penchant to create a personal visual language but I plow ahead as I was taught at a very early age. “Don’t look back or you may forget where you are going,” I can hear my father say.”

“Transforming various media into something that has a voice is not necessarily an easy task.  Art is “making special” as Ellen Dyssanayake once called it.  It has a unique ability to convey meaning through messaging. Our brains are hardwired and have software already installed. Art plays with these underlying images and ideas in new and inventive ways. Sometimes it’s cliché and it does not take long to decode. Other times it comes at us with new perspective and can literally change our life.”

“My goal is to do the dance, make the work and put it out into the world as much as possible. I am quite sure I will be a maker until my days are done. Boring, never! Mediocrity, never please! In my sixth decade, I have never been more alive. I hope that you choose to spend some time with the work. If you have any comments or questions, I would be interested to hear from you.”

Totem Shriver is the Adjunct Professor of 3D Design at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. His wooden relief sculptures explore the world of spirit and nature. Wood is an exemplary material for him to shape, due to its living and dynamic characteristics. Shriver’s personal energy is added to each sculpture as he subtracts segments from the wood to create forms reflective of nature. He begins each work with pen and ink drawings and collages in order to discover new approaches to the carving process. These two dimensional pieces unfold innovative ideas of positive and negative space.

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