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Natalie Anne Howard "Rats in the Attic"

  • LOWELL 819 North Russell Street Portland, OR, 97227 United States (map)

Natalie Anne Howard | Rats in the Attic

Apri 25, 2018 through May 20, 2018

Opening reception: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 5—8 PM

LOWELL hours: Wednesday—Saturday 12—7 PM & Sunday 12—5PM


my fear is a wave

that pushes a message in a bottle

to a deserted island

for no one to read

my distress is a telephone

ringing and ringing

with no answering machine

my weakness is three blind mice

with their backs

to a hungry cat

my obsession is a bird

that is migrating

to no particular destination

my neglect is a mouth

that doesn't know

whether to smile or frown

my spirit is the sound of rats in the attic

who have grown to hate

the taste of cheese

between a wire and a piece of wood


Natalie Anne Howard is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her intuitive paintings and garments explore unconscious ideas and emotions, using language and narrative to ruminate on vulnerability, mortality, and positivity.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.