We saw a great show on Thursday night at the Compound Gallery in Portland. heather amuny-dey's show "I Love You" was fabulous. Really fresh and fun. Her work is reminiscent of the great graphic design work of the 50's and 60's, though at the same time, unmistakenly expressing a very modern, sophisticated point of view. Heather's work is beautiful conceived and crafted, resulting is art you want to have in your life. I bought two pieces and am considering painting my kitchen a different color just so I can showcase her work a bit better.
Beyond the work on paper, Heather is also featuring a series of carved birds that she concieved and her father carved. That story alone makes me happy but there is more. One piece, not for sale, was made out the harvested wood from a tree Heather and her father had planted when she was a child. Ok, so now I'm moved and jealous. The tree became diseased and had to be taken out so they turned it into this deeply rich and meaningful object that carries the story of their history and love within it. The resulting forms are perfect unto themselves but the deep story held within them, make these birds a very rare breed indeed.