“This work is inspired by the timeless and fascinating systems of the body, the natural and constructed world – and their interconnections. My explorations delve into the liminal spaces we inhabit as we live and breathe. The longer I live, the more I understand that life is precious and ephemeral. By looking at the spaces in between, we touch the delicate and fragile places in our lives. I’m working to engender a feeling of connection to external landscapes and our own internal environments and, to encourage viewers to travel to new landscapes within themselves that evoke memories and stimulate hope.” – Dana Lynn Louis
Dana Lynn Louis has an impressive and long history of working with and inspiring artistic communities. This artist’s outreach includes founding Gather:Make:Shelter in Portland, OR, which connects those experiencing houselessness and poverty with collaborators in creative professional fields; she helped form The Ko-Falen Cultural Center in Bamako, Mali; and Louis also has joined forces with patients at the Oregon State Hospital to produce permanent public artworks.
Louis’ work has been exhibited and collected Internationally. Articles about her work have appeared in such periodicals as Sculpture Magazine, Artweek and the German magazine Glashaus. The artist has received awards from The Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission. Her Artist in residency Awards include: The Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washington, Bullseye Glass Factory, Ohio State University, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and THREAD – a project of the Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation in Senegal, West Africa.