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"Echo" by Claiborne Colombo and Carolyn Hazel Drake

  • WOMXN HOUSE 3636 North Mississippi Avenue Portland, OR, 97227 United States (map)

This exhibition features the artwork of Claiborne Colombo and Carolyn Hazel Drake. Both artists are recreating an echo of something that once was - not a direct representation, but a translation. This echo morphs and changes shape as it moves through space and time. The artwork of both artists has a repetitive nature but one that is not perfect nor machine, rather human and imperfect. Both artists incorporate the ideas of deconstruction, the demarcation of time, and repetition as meditation.

Carolyn Hazel Drake’s work is rooted in nostalgia, seen through the lens of the conceptual underpinnings that are grounded in being a woman. Her work acts as a record of words not said — making space for meaning. Claiborne Colombo’s work takes the viewer on a journey full of fluctuations, pauses, crossroads, and moments of discovery. Her dashes, much like Carolyn’s stitches, act as a marking of time. Her pieces are about movement and creating energy through the travel of her created spaces.

“Be what you are, of the earth, but a dreamer too”
– Mary Oliver”