This is a dual exhibition that showcases two artists who's individual themes overlap in interesting ways.
Wiley's work speaks to the word residual and Jude's speaks to induction. Together their meaning speaks to something new.
Kayla Wiley (b.1995 in Oahu, HI) is currently a Bachelors of Fine Arts Candidate at Portland State University. She has shown work at The Katherine Kawin Art Gallery, Pacific University Library, Tom Miles Theater, Erickson Gallery, and Portland State University. Her work is in the private collections of Mike Rutherford and Pacific University.
"Treasure all moments; especially the ones that make you feel naughty. Open yourself up to the experience of pleasure and pain. Life is chaotic, intense, and unpredictable. You won't understand it, live it and choose to see opportunities in each experience."
"This work speaks to residual effects that I will carry following the death of my mother. I'm interested in how my childhood experience affects my adult psyche. When I was 5 my mother was killed by a drunk driver, and I learned that life could be lost at any moment; that the wave of death sends ripples through the living, and changes life as it passes through. I never fully recovered from my experience of losing her, instead I turned to pursuing pleasure in every opportunity I could. There are moments that stay with me forever. These works tell of those instances, and the ways that I let myself process them. I hope that my audience will enjoy themselves, have fun, remember what it’s like to be a child, and reflect on their own experience of growth and loss."
Born and raised in Tulsa, OK. After moving back and forth between the midwest and west coast for a number of years, and starting university, they settled in Portland, OR to finish pursuing their degree and be near family. Jude’s artistic practice has developed into a wide variety of disciplines ranging from painting, photography, sculpture/installation, film/video, text/prose, and music. As well, they have built a curatorial practice while studying at PSU that continues to expand their portfolio and inform their work.
"Life is Pain. We are all in constant flux adapting to the layers of damage within efforts to heal ourselves and our context. This growing body of work explores this dynamic relationship as a phenomena of tension that shapes us, and functions as an Induction of dialogue about societal or personal pain as a landscape of political strata that evolves over time through abstracted expressions."