Artist Portfolio-Lena Lencek
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Lena Lencek – Still Lives in a Time of Turmoil
Life has taken me from the Adriatic Sea and Julian Alps of my childhood in Italy; to the East Coast of the US, where I studied Russian philology and studio arts; to many continents and seas (to paint, teach, exhibit); and to the Pacific Northwest, where I teach at Reed College and write and paint in Neahkahnie and Manzanita. My academic career and writing involve working in and between languages; my art involves translating light into color and line, emotion, and memory. I explore how each language (verbal; visual) informs the other; how can the verbal image of an object shape what my optic nerve registers? How can seeing expand and liberate the hidden sense of words? Drawing and painting discipline the mind and eye, letting them linger on the seemingly irrelevant, to explore and to experience – through the endless instability of light – the stuff of life, and the fugitive flow of time and memory. My drawings and paintings, which I call “geochromes,” remember Arthur Dove, Albert and Arthur Runquist, Benozzo Gozzoli, and my sister, Alice Lenček. Click for more info about Lenček’s work.