About the Book
Manifesting Through the Layers
This second edition of STRATA: Manifesting through the layers takes flight with so many twists and turns. The visual and symbolic layers build upon meaning, texture, variety, and exploration with connective threads of the figure, elements of nature, home, comfort, identity, and psychic undercurrents within a maximalist tapestry reflecting our complex time. The figure is a punctuating note within the striations of the narrative and appears as a disrupted (or an obscured) presence. The surfaces and the chaotic interpretations serve as a mirror to the many convolutions of existence today.
63 Artists used a variety of media this year to interpret STRATA: Manifesting Through the Layers. In this exhibition works were created with: mixed media, graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, oil, fiber, ceramic, pastel, printmaking, photography,digital art, collage,found objects, industrial mesh,silk, stone, bronze, gouache, ink, porcelain, sandstone, copper, sumie ink, beads, aluminum,encaustic, plaster, cyanotype, drypoint, yarn, thread, keys, buttons, paper,newspaper, cardboard, security envelope, cold wax, tissue paper, papier mache, found metal, wire, wax, cold wax, copper, curly maple, gold leaf, horse hair, elk ribs, and chocolate!
Verum Ultimum Gallery has engaged audiences of artists and collectors since its founding in Northeast Portland in 2013. The brainchild of artist Jennifer Gillia Cutshall, Verum Ultimum (meaning the ultimate truth) showcases work that demonstrates the deepest connection to the creative process. Verum Ultimum sets itself apart from Portland's many other fine galleries by presenting juried works from an international pool of artists for each exhibit, and each exhibit explores a different theme specifically intended to spark the artists' most intuitive urges. To date, Verum Ultimum has exhibited the work of over 2000 artists.