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contact:jesse@jessenarens.com
instagram:@jessenarens

I create art through an intuitive, self-developed process that involves working with many layers, both additive and subtractive. All aspects of my work are created by myself with basic materials, and without formal training on any tool or technique.

With no attachment to preconceived ideas, pieces begin without sketches, and progress is made with or without reason. While most elements are placed with intention, everything is open to change until meaning is found. Pieces are called finished based on feeling, but any piece that remains in my possession has the potential for its story to be continued at any time...

The images in my work come from a subconscious rendering of my direct observations of nature from around my home in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond just subject matter, my process and life are all heavily guided by the recurring feelings that I, along with others, have experienced through Nature in moments found only when not looking for anything, but being open to what the universe has to offer.

All things are connected, more intricately dependent on each other than we will ever know; no one thing more important than another… Nature does not need us, and will continue on after we go…


ONGOING REPRESENTATION
Yard Dog Gallery - Austin, TX
Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR

UPCOMING OPENINGS
May 9th - solo show - Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR

SELECT PREVIOUS SHOWS
2019
Yard Dog Gallery - "Creak, Crack, Creep" solo show - Austin, TX
The Gallery At Salishan - solo show - Gleneden Beach, OR
Elisabeth Jones Art Center - Portland, OR
2018
Chessman Gallery - "Feral" w/ Ben Soeby - Lincoln City, OR
2017
Riversea Gallery - solo show - Astoria, OR
Ford Gallery - solo show - Portland, OR
2016
Chessman Gallery - "Our Oregon" - Lincoln City, OR
Gallery 135 - solo show - Portland, OR
Yard Dog Gallery - Austin, TX
2015
Rotofugi Gallery - solo show "growth/decay" - Chicago, IL
Concrete Sketchbook - Basingstoke, U.K.
2014
West End Centre - Aldershot, U.K.
True Love Gallery - Seattle, WA
Riversea Gallery - Astoria, OR
Ford Gallery - Recycled Rain Project - Portland, OR
2013
Fiddlehead Gallery - Cleveland, OH
The Hollow Gallery - solo show - Portland, OR
2012
Pony Club Gallery - "Ghost Show" - Portland, OR
2011
Lyrik Cafe - solo show - Portland, OR
Artichoke Gallery - Portland, OR