New Art Installation at Portland’s Front Of House Gallery

Portland mixed-media artist Heather Watkins unveils Drawing Room, on view through March 15 at the exhibition space inside the Jessica Helgerson Interior Design offices.
Art Installation Portland
Courtesy of Heather Watkins

A JUMBLE OF ROPES SWOOP AND ARC FROM THE CEILING AT FRONT OF HOUSE, A LIGHT-FILLED SITE-SPECIFIC GALLERY SPACE AT THE ENTRANCE TO PORTLAND-BASED INTERIOR DESIGNER JESSICA HELGERSON’S OFFICES. The installation, Drawing Room by local mixed-media artist Heather Watkins, envelops the viewer and challenges the space’s physical limitations and freedoms, incorporating the gallery itself as a medium.

According to the press release, the work “evokes a sense of menace,” yet employs “happy, physical distractions to deflect us from this sublime sense of unease: the density of lines, the lightness of the cotton, the swinging knots, even the double reading of the arcs as both hanging loosely, but also actively springing from the ceiling.”

Art Installation PortlandWatkins’ Drawing Room will be on view at Front Of House through March 15, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The artist will host a discussion at the gallery on Saturday, February 23, from 11 a.m. to noon. RSVP for the talk here.

Drawing Room, Front Of House, 112 SW 1st Ave.; Portland


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