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Lena McGrath Welker
Born: 1950, Ohio

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4lw Supplication I, 5lw Supplication II,6lw Supplication III
Lena McGrath Welker
dyed, stitched, drawn & folded: indigo, usuyo and shikibu, gampi’s, indigo, wax, ink, silk thread, silk mawata, logwood-dyed silk thread, and silk paper
46" x 32" x 1.75", each, 2006

Lena McGrath Welker 13lw
VOICE
, edition variable, 3/4
Lena McGrath Welker
1 of 90 plaster books made from 11 resin molds, stitched, cast, resting on silk "paper" from China stitched with silk thread
11.25" x 14.25" x 11.25", 2010
linda welker 12lw GAZE
Lena McGrath Welker
39 cotton organdy pages,silk
organza, ikat indigo fabric with bon
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27" x 11
68.5cm x 28cm
2009
linda welker 9lw Navigation [chart] Folios 126
Lena McGrath Welker, dyed, stitched, drawn & folded: indigo, usuyo and shikibu, gampi’s, indigo, wax, ink, silk thread, silk mawata, logwood-dyed silk thread, and silk paper
13" x 19" x 6", 2006
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8lw Navigation [chart] Folios 124
Lena McGrath Welker
dyed, stitched, drawn & folded: indigo, usuyo and shikibu, gampi’s, indigo, wax, ink, silk thread, silk mawata, logwood-dyed silk thread, and silk paper
, 13" x 19" x 6", 2006
Selected collections and exhibition venues:
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, (The Navigation Cycle); Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls, Montana, (Labyrinthine: Jon Lodge and Linda Welker); Bellevue Art Museum, Washington; Feldenheimer Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon; The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, (Systems of Notation) Marylhurst, Oregon (Navigation [Text]); Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland; Lane Community College Gallery, Eugene, Oregon (Ghost Stories); Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, New York; Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon (The Labyrinth /Toward Illumination). Recipient: Pollock-Krasner Award, 2008; Artist Residencies at Caldera, Sisters, Oregon; Fellowship, Ucross Foundation, 2004; Individual Artist Project Grants, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland, Oregon; Grant, Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Visual Artist, New York, New York; Membership Merit Award, Museum Art School, Portland, Oregon.
linda welker 3lw NOTATION (16)
Lena McGrath Welker
soft ground etching from handwoven linen fragments, graphite ink on Rives BFK. Stitched with silk/stainless steelthread

11.25" x 15.125"
2006
My current work explores images of time and language, and ideas and conditions associated with memory, accumulation, obsession and longing. Text becomes the image. Reading becomes sensing. Cognition is subsumed by intuition. In working with a slow process of making drawn, stitched and woven marks, layering, obscuring, erasing and making again, I am searching out edges, the place between language and thought, the visual gap between boundless possibility and loss. My intention is to move the viewer into the realm of the liminal, the ethereal, the intangible, and to question the effect of shifting memory on both the intake of new ideas and the transformation of lived experience into story. In what ways does language fail us, and in what ways does it allow communication to take place? As memory distills, condenses and simplifies information, what allows that which remains to have such a powerful impact?
                                                                                                                    Lena McGrath Welker


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