Domestic Landscaps: Zemula Barr, Bethany Hays, Colin Kippen, Rachael Zur

Zemula Barr
Your Chair, digital photography, 2020

Zemula Barr is an artist and curator based in Portland, Oregon, where she manages the photography exhibitions at Blue Sky Gallery. From 2015–2019 she co-directed Wolff Gallery in Portland. She works primarily with photo-based media, combining original film, alternative process, and digital photographs with family snapshots, handwritten text, and scanned ephemera to focus on memory, childhood, and our relationship to the natural world. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, and the SE Center for Photography in South Carolina.

Bethany Hays
Mount Laundry, watercolor on paper

Bethany Hays was born in a small town outside of Yakima, WA and holds a BA in Foreign Language–Spanish from Central Washington University; a BA in Studio Art from The Evergreen State College; and an MFA in Contemporary Art Practices from Portland State University. Hays usually expresses herself through painting and drawing, focusing on feminist themes and using imagery associated with home and domesticity to challenge cultural ideals of beauty and value. Recent exhibitions and awards include: She Flies With Her Own Wings, Salem Art Association, Salem, OR; Erratic Formations, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas, OR; New Views, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR; Cummulus Congestus, North View Gallery, Portland, OR; Artistic Focus Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council; Money for Women Grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Colin Kippen was born in San Francisco and grew up in rural Vermont. Along with a nine-year apprenticeship to a jeweler, he holds an MFA in Craft (2015) and a Post-Bacc Certificate in Metals (2006) from Oregon College of Art and Craft along with a BA in Studio Art (2004) from Carleton College. He recently completed a residency at Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, OR. Past exhibitions include a solo show at Duplex Gallery, Portland OR, group shows at the Portland2016 Biennial, Portland, OR; SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA; Dakota Art Gallery, Bellingham, WA, Eastside International, Los Angeles, CA, Paragon Gallery, Portland, OR and Here/There Gallery, Portland, OR. Colin is on the faculty at Portland Community College and Clark College in Vancouver, WA. He lives and works in Portland, OR.

Rachael Zur
Immemorial Couch, mixed media

Rachael Zur is an emerging artist who has shown her work at Young Space, Aqua Art Fair Miami, with Gallery 26Twenty in Missouri, in John Natsoulas Gallery and Pence Gallery in Davis California, in southern California, Chicago, and numerous galleries in Portland Oregon. Her work was published in the 2020 Painting issue for Under the Bridge Magazine. Zur is currently the Interim Chair of the artist collective Gallery 114 in Portland Oregon, where she has exhibited, given artist talks, and served as a moderator on multiple panel discussions. She is also a member of WAVE Collective in Portland Oregon.

Zur received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College of Creative Studies at University of California Santa Barbara. She attended Ox Bow School of Art in 2018, where she was the recipient of the Loretta Grellner Scholarship. Zur lives in the greater Portland metropolitan area with her husband and their three children.