By Hope & By Cloak by Rocky Darensbourg aka Rochelle Koivunen
Opening reception will be from 4-8 pm on July 5th, 2017
Performance At 7pm!
This group of watercolor paintings, titled "By Hope & By Cloak," and new original songs speak to the juncture of surviving and thriving and the ways that our communal experience creates resilience, and they aspire to lift your spirits.
The originals and life-size archival reproductions are for sale by inquiry, if you happen to be so inspired, and smaller archival prints are available at: www.etsy.com/shop/Rorotoyou
BY HOPE & BY CLOAK
The Great Turning.
The Lifting of the Veil.
The Shifting of the Magnetic Poles...
Many names for this prophesied time as we pass through the portal of chaos. Somehow, we will make it. With each other. Or at least the Earth will, in some form. By Hope and By Cloak.
Rocky Darensbourg (AKA Rochelle Koivunen) grew up in the country outside of Portland with trees and a deep hole in the earth as forts and safe havens. As an adult nature is still the refuge of choice, but during rainy winters and long nights art does the trick. With an eye on the ways that we humans experience each other and the world, this work hopes to bring levity to our shared experience.
A great thanks to those of the larger human family whose influences mark my early formative years: Teachers Judy Vogland-Dayton, Gail Young, Shelley Cole, Deanna Hunt, and Laura Ross-Paul; Writers and Illustrators Maurice Sendak, Tove Jansson, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Dr. Seuss, Astrid Lindgren, Jamake Highwater, Louise Fitzhugh; performers and musicians Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street, Ramblin’ Rod Anders, Ben Matlock, The Beatles, The Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Patty Loveless, John Denver, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Michael Jackson, Yip Harburg, Walt Disney, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews.
"Rochelle Koivunen's drawings portray a kinder, gentler post-apocalyptic world. Instead of Mad Max scavengers, Koivunen's survivors have learned their lesson and decided to band together and respect the earth. Through the artist's sheer conviction and carry-through, she rescues this premise from preciousness, building a world where humans, animals, and indeterminate in-betweeners coexist peacefully with Gaia herself, joined together by tentacles and squishy viscera. It's an inventive vision worth checking out." - R. Speer