Portland artist Crystal Schenk presents a discussion and slideshow about her current and past sculptures, and how she weaves memory, loss, and fragility throughout her artwork. Schenk has a very labor-intensive and detail-oriented way of working, in which craftsmanship and material choices play a large role. Much of her subject matter is drawn from her family history, and her sculptures address issues of grief, physical and mental health/illness, class structure, and social interaction. Images of her work are available at crystalschenk.com
She also speaks about her new large-scale stained glass work, Shelter, that was exhibited at Bullseye Gallery [bullseyegallery.com] in 2013. This project continues a prior theme in her work, examining the increasing gulf between the lower and upper classes - applying the perceived visual materials of the upper class to a very impoverished way of life as a way of pointing out disparity. Shelter is funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council [racc.org].