Canvas: Wynde Dyer, Sharing the Scraps

Mar 10, 2016

Portland artist Wynde Dyer presents three new vivid and compelling bodies of work in her show Sharing the Scraps, on view at Stumptown Division through April 26th.

Dyer's collection of tarp quilts are part-narrative, part-protest song and they refuse to be overlooked.

She says of this collection, "Viewed together, the works in Sharing the Scraps are my way of transforming the intense negative emotions I feel in response towards growing issues of inequity in our city and country into something more positive, more tangible, more accessible, and more actionable."

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One included body of work entitled "Quilts for the Cost-Burdened Renters" consists of pieces or improvisational quilts made of scraps left over from larger works. Some quilts are part of the "Hazelnut Grove Quilts" collection made by homeless residents of Hazelnut Grove, a North Portland tent camp. Dyer hosts residents of Hazelnut Grove on Sundays for a shower and creative session.

She says, "As a formerly homeless individual myself, I try not to forget my roots, or the kindness bestowed upon me by friends and strangers during my nine months of car camping in 2012." Residents of Hazelnut Grove will receive all proceeds from the sale of their quilts.

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"Central to this project is a Native American story I've held close to my heart for years," she says. "The story goes something like this: A wise old man who says to his grandson, Son, there are two wolves fighting inside of me. One is the wolf of hate and fear, the other is the wolf of love and hope. The little boy asks, Which wolf wins? The wise man answers, The one I feed.

Sharing the Scraps is about feeding the love and hope wolf, and starving out the fear and hate wolf, because there are only enough scraps for one victor in this fight."

Join us for an artist reception on Sunday, March 27, 4-6pm, with music by Gepetto, food by Amanda Luna & the Hazelnut Grove Community Kitchen, and drinks by New Deal Distillery.

We'll also screen of a moving Hazelnut Grove documentary about the project by Kevin Neidorf, and host land-based synchronized swimmers The Olivia Darlings. The artist will give a talk on Sunday, April 14, 4-6pm.