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Mia Farrington | Place

September 4 - October 2

Woman with long, wavy-brown hair is seated with crossed legs before her artwork—four different sized pieces with blocks and blobs of color leant against a white wall.

For this new collection of work I began where I always do, which is with color. The colors for PLACE are a reflection of my time spent in the Painted Hills region of the John Day Fossil Beds. The red (iron-oxide-rich laterite soil), gold, black (lignite soil), sage, lavender (caused from rhyolitic lava) and white are all representations of colors that are found there. With each visit, these colors would change slightly depending on the time of year, the moisture levels and where the sunlight hits the hills. This can also be found in my paintings as each color has variations of the original hue.

Relationships are at the core of my paintings. How do we reflect our thoughts and feelings through color and shapes? How do we then translate these conversations and emotions into visual elements? How are our relationships with ourselves and others affected by where we find a sense of belonging? For me this PLACE can be found through color in nature. My hope for this series is that the subject of searching for a sense of PLACE forms a story and relationships with the diverging shapes and hues of the colors. The colors are meant to represent not only one specific place but all of the variations of what PLACE might mean to everyone that experiences the work. – Mia Farrington

Opening Day for Place will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Saturday, September 4th from 1-6pm. Masks are required and social distancing practices are encouraged. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through October 2, 2021 and is free and open to the public.


September 4
October 2
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Women-owned, Women curated, Women artist(s)
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Visual Art
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Stephanie Chefas Projects
305 SE 3RD AVE STE. 202
Portland, OR 97220 United States
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