October 2017

Abstract Landscapes by Sara Sjol 


This October 903 presents A Sense of Place, a new series of works by Portland artist Sara Sjol.

After embarking on a self-described “artistic sojourn” artist Sara Sjol went back into the studio to create new works. “Going in I wasn’t intending to create landscapes, she says. “In late 2016 I had begun my large Astoria piece. The style was different than my latest works -- I struggled with it and ultimately shelved it for many months. After returning from travels I began to revisit Astoria. At that point the whole series came into focus.”

From Astoria to Joshua Tree, Strasbourg to The Black Forest, Sjol captures the essence of her locales with an intricate style that weaves together various visual perspectives with a pop of color to create a new throughly modern whole. 

“It’s kinda like a Rubik’s cube. I dice up memories and place them back together.” 

Sjol’s work is held in collections across the United States. 


J.TREE // JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA Joshua Tree is a special place for me. The starkness of the landscape mixed with the amazing boulder clusters form the most interesting lines and angles offering endless inspiration. For me it’s a place of relaxation, reflection and rebirth.

7:14 AM // PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA Sometimes inspiration comes in the quiet times. Early one morning in Palm Springs, California I looked out over the courtyard. The teal blue of an empty pool, the golden yellow umbrella, and palm trees above mixed just right and I found inspiration in that single moment. 

ENERGY HUB // MOJAVE DESERT, CALIFORNIA I've always been fascinated with wind turbines, watching their perpetual motion is hypnotizing. The Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm in the Mojave is a place of energy -- both physically and spiritually. 

IN BLOOM // ALSACE, FRANCE The French Countryside has inspired artists for centuries. So much so that I almost thought it passé. But a trip through Alsace with the mustard fields in bloom changed my thinking, The vibrant pops of yellow and fields of green all under an impossibly blue sky set my heart aflutter. 

A TALE OF TWO CITIES // STRASBOURG, FRANCE  Famous for both its French and German influence, (the city has been under both French and German rule) Strasbourg was the epitome of a charming European town. The unique sandstone used in construction of the cathedral and surrounding structures gives much of the architecture in Strasbourg its characteristic pink hue.

BLACK FOREST // BAVARIA, GERMANY Thick with tall, narrow conifers and dotted with leafy deciduous trees, Germany’s Black Forest has definitely earned it’s name. As we approached the small town of Triberg, a waterfall mirrored our route through the mountains. I found the Black Forest more mysterious than those here in the Pacific Northwest, which really piqued my imagination.

ASTORIA // ASTORIA, OREGON Astoria has always been shrouded in mystery to me. The aging piers, giant tankers, and art-deco buildings all nestled in one tiny seaside town captivate me. After spending a rainy weekend there, I came back in the studio with Astoria on my mind.

Opening First Thursday October 05, 2017
On Display Through October 31, 2017