Artists Share Insight Into Their Gresham Art Gallery Exhibit sub/Terrain

On display in the Gresham Art Gallery from Sept. 12 through Oct. 28, sub/Terrain showcased the work of three long time friends and artists: Deb Diehl, Arzu Arda Kosar, and Patricia Liverman.

The exhibit addressed themes of connection by examining the spaces people occupy, with sub/Terrain featuring sculpture, video, photography, and site-specific works. Diehl, Kosar, and Liverman met while working at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and have always supported one another’s artistic endeavors.

During an artist talk on Sept. 20, the trio discussed their work, inspirations, and how sub/Terrain came to be. “Right before the pandemic, the three of us were working on an exhibition proposal,” the artists explained. “As the pandemic shut down everything, we kept on meeting regularly via Zoom for weekly online studio visits. As the shutdown dragged longer, these meetings became a lifeline and supported the art that is currently on display at Gresham Art Gallery.”

Most of the sub/Terrain work was created during and in response to the shutdown, “and addresses themes of connection by examining the spaces we occupy, examining how we shape and are changed by them, and the evolutions of the surroundings themselves,” the artists said. “We use landscape, terrain, and the natural environment to explore issues around connectedness and temporality. We are especially interested in mapping our connections to the spaces we live in, examining how we shape and are changed by them.

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