Portland Art Collective member Dayna J. Collins currently has a solo show at Guardino Gallery in the Feature Area entitled, Beneath the Surface: Searching For Memory. Dayna's artist statement for the show summarizes what the show represents:
Dayna works in layers -plaster, texture, oil paint, words, cold wax, edges, scritches, and scratches. She builds up a surface, then tears a portion away, never revealing all of what came before. Memory works the same way, we add to it, leave bits behind, create new stories, neglect small details. But what happens when we begin to lose our memory? How do we reclaim the past? Dayna invites you on an archaeological dig, searching through the layers, revealing color, texture, and what came before. Look closely and you'll see word fragments and decomposing texture. Dayna intentionally utilizes the concept of pentimento, where traces and shadows of earlier layers of paintings are revealed.
The show runs through March 24th. Here is a sampling of the 30 pieces hanging in the show: