Unseen Natives: wrapping things up

This is my adventure into creating an art installation for the Art in Rural Storefronts project sponsored by The Arts Center of Corvallis. ARS serves regional audiences in Linn and Benton Counties by bringing innovative, thought- provoking art projects to rural communities that lack spaces dedicated to contemporary/non-commercial art.  Three artists  were chosen to participate.  The project is funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission.

After applying clay on Saturday, I wanted to wait until Monday before adding the eggs and lights. I also took the “break” to work on the river drainage section.




Installed in a window. The piece is only 22″ x 33″. Way too small for the space and certainly not the best thing for a drive-by window. One has to actually come up and look in the window.


I had hoped to create several pages but found it took a lot of time to just create one. Another project for another show.

Late afternoon images:


This is probably my favorite view of the fish.



Several friends tried to find the location as they drove to the mountains for cross country skiing Sunday. They couldn’t find the location. The building is on the right hand side, past Napa Auto parts and if you’ve gone past Subway, you’ve gone too far. I need stronger lights on the fish to improve visibility! That is my final part to tackle before calling it quits.

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

3 thoughts on “Unseen Natives: wrapping things up

  1. Great installation, earthy and natural, grounded, but captures the fluid nature of water as well. Maybe it’s good to have to come up to the window, makes you want to look further. Are the fish “scales” translucent?
    We just posted about the NEA grants on the http://www.nlapw.org blog–have you applied for one of those?

    1. Thanks for your comment. Yes, the scales are more translucent than opaque. If wax had been applied, they would have been even more translucent. The squares are made from tracing paper dyed with walnut skins.

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