Assembly: A Group Exhibition

Artists: Shannon Baird, Shelley Chamberlin, Daniel Doford, Harrison Higgs, Ariana Jacob, Julie Keefe, Ellen Lesperance, Jim Lomasson, Vanessa Renwick, Sika Stanton

Helzer Gallery
Portland Community College
Rock Creek Campus, Building 3, Room 102
17705 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229

Exhibition runs January 11-February 17, 2017

Artist Talk: February 2, 12noon



Shelley Chamberlin
Aftershock (3 details: images 15, 11, and 18)
Polyester plate lithographs

Following the upset of the 2016 presidential election, I felt compelled to document our shared grief. On November 8, we began as a tangle of nerves, anxious and excited; we became a country in shock, a nation in mourning. These images are poignant intimate portraits of those first hours and days of shock, grief, despair, rage, and disbelief following the election. 

The work spans the gap between the intimate and political, reminding us that these moments are not abstract and distant, but rather visceral, personal and deeply embedded in the fabric of our collective experience, that politics affects our nerve, our bone, our very being.