top of page

Upcoming Exhibits

Emotional Motion Sickness

Artist: Abby Houston

April 26th-May 26th

Screenshot 2024-04-12 11.00_edited.jpg

Opening Reception: April 26th, 6pm-10pm

About the artist:

Born and raised in Portland, OR, Abby Houston lives, creates art and raises her three daughters.  Abby has developed a daily creative practice that has become a necessary and automatic part of grounding her creative identity. Abby earned a BFA in 2003 from Pacific Lutheran University and went on to study Art Therapy Counseling (MAT in 2005) at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR.  Abby spent the bulk of her early career in alternative school settings, recently having left the classroom teaching arena to pursue her own creative career.  Abby continues creating community through her personal fine art practice and inviting social media presence.  Abby’s experience as a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor inform her creative approach and deepen the messages that she shares in her work. Abby’s colorful and expressive abstract works reflect a sense of calm and chaos, fluidity through the process and structure.  Abby works primarily in acrylics on canvas and is inspired by the natural and internal worlds she lives in.

 

When Abby isn’t making art, she is scavenging for supplies, going on walks in the rain, volunteering in her community, hiking with her daughters to take photographs or driving across town to pick up some ornate item off of a neighborhood list.  Abby will never pass up the opportunity to score a great deal at a garage sale and she is always game for rooting through boxes of items left on the streets of SE Portland.  And yes, she once managed to make her partner carry home a kitchen sink so that she could use it as an art installation in their backyard. 

 

The artists describes "Emotional Motion Sickness":

In this stage of mid-life I am finding a delicate balance between the demands of pursuing ‘whats next’ and the necessity of personal grounding.  It is a tightrope walk between ease and overwhelm, balancing the complexity of commitments and downtime inherent in daily life. 

I find this to be even more complex in my role as parent to three kids. 

In a world where families are constantly tethered to screens or over committed in activities, the line between mindless distraction and constantly being engaged becomes blurry. Somewhere within the ease of accessing entertainment and information combined there is an overwhelming feeling of being bombarded with expectations and constantly being on the go.  As a result we have lost the experience of just being. As a parent, I am charged with the weight of this for both myself and my little (getting bigger!) children. The process of navigating a landscape of over-commitment while striving to find moments of peace in being is ever present and real.

In this series Emotional Motion Sickness I have embraced the essence of this reality. 

Vibrant color compositions mirror the energy and chaos of parenthood, while subtle nuances invite viewers to contemplate the delicate balance between too much and what feels just right. The series demands engagement and pushes the viewer toward disengagement. Layers of texture and depth represent the nature of my experiences, from the exhilarating highs to the quiet moments of introspection.

In the end, my hope is that these works serve as a reminder to cherish the moments of stillness and connection amidst the noise of everyday life. My hope is that they inspire viewers to seek out their own balance between engagement and ease, embracing the beauty of both action and inaction in the journey of living.

bottom of page