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Winter 2016: Artwork

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This season, the art submissions for VoiceCatcher teemed with life. Imagery of flora and fauna, much inspired by our own lush Northwest, spilled in. I saw these works as befitting mascots of a Portland winter: green and animate.

Annamieka Hopps Davidson brings her own sense of wonder into painted depictions of our region's already wondrous vegetation. She creates paintings in layers, nurturing her imagery and allowing it to grow like the plant life that is so often her muse.

Take a closer look at the collage work by Alison Foshee: The seductive tendrils and sprightly leaves of her trademark plant forms are created entirely by staples. The miniature manmade metal bars become supple, organic shapes, their tight grip on the paper challenging that of even Portland's tenacious kudzu ivy.

Tamar Hammer's vibrant painted tableaus illustrate people interacting with the natural world, seeming to find joy and magic on ocean shores and in manicured parks alike. Her scenes, and the descriptions she gives to accompany, provide joy and magic right on back to the viewer.

Our feature artist, printmaker Clare Carpenter, makes her work under the playful and animalistic moniker Tiger Food Press. Her subject matter lately, however, has been birds, beasts, and plants native to Oregon. It's easy to see how the earth inspires Clare, as it does all of our artists this season. Here's hoping you are able find wonder in the outdoors as well, whether the sky is filled with rain or rainbows.

Sarah Fagan
Art Editor

Featured Art by Clare Carpenter

Whether sketching scenic vistas during road trips, getting to know the individual voices of the crow family that shares her property, or researching native Oregon species, feature artist (and native Oregonian herself) Clare Carpenter pays attention to the natural world around her. Clare’s curiosity and respect towards this world and a love of the printed image combine in the hand-carved linoleum block prints that grace this season's journal.

Clare received a BFA in Book Arts (a degree with a focus on bookbinding and printmaking) from Portland's Oregon College of Art and Craft, the beloved art school in the West Hills. Several years after graduation, Clare returned to OCAC where she worked as studio manager for the Book Arts department from 2010 to 2013. While helping students and instructors, Clare continued to work on her own craft: creating books, journals, broadsides, calendars, and many more forms of bound, printed matter.

Clare has been "combining word and image" under the name Tiger Food Press since 1999. As of 2013, the creative and commissioned work made under it has been her full time career. Check out tigerfoodpress.com to see a full range of Clare's art, products, and inspiration.

Enjoy a sampling of Clare Carpenter's work in VoiceCatcher's Featured Artist Gallery:

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        Northwest Equinox by Kris Demien

        Gradations of Gray by Wendy Thompson

        With Gladness by Sara Graves

        Home by Leora Marialicia González

        For a Grade School Classmate by Joan Maiers

        Canning Factory Road by Elizabeth Stoessl

        To Make a Prairie by Carolyn Martin

        At Home by Suzy Harris

        Family Disagreement by Tricia Knoll

        The Bullfrogs by Katherine Boyer

        Cows by Rebecca Jamieson

        Lesson by Stacey Vallas

        Stardust by Erin Iwata

        Perspective by Carolyn Martin

        Lacrosse Season by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        The Tangled Path by Suzanne LaGrande

        Matched Set by Tanya Jarvik

        False Bus Stop by Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo

        Last Visit by Erin Iwata

        October Walk with My Mother by Ann Sinclair

        First Rothko Exercise by Elizabeth McLagan

        Fractions by Susan Blackaby

        Tea by Melineh Yemenidjian

        Return by Stacey Vallas


        Scarab Man by Cynthia McGean

        Planetary Influences by Alida Thacher

        Bone of the Past by Burky Achilles

        Teachings: A Buddhist Ghost Story by Ann Sihler

        Wrangler by Desiree Wright

        A Nicaraguan Spring by Pamela Russell Bejerano


        Into the Wonder by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Deep Blue Meditation by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Weave Me Into the Sea by Annamieka Hopps Davidson

        Crassula 2 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 5 by Alison Foshee

        Crassula 6 by Alison Foshee

        Warm Autumn by Tamar Hammer

        Girl with Conch by Tamar Hammer

        With Her Dog by Tamar Hammer


        Love Beyond Loss by Isabel Lickey

        Submerged by Raimy Khalife Hamdan

        Which Way? by Alli Rodenbaugh

        To Autumn by Sara Barkouli

        The Storm by Elie Doubleday