The Geography We is a story.It’s a story told by Caldera youth.It’s a story that comes to life with voices, imagination, and creativity.It’s a story of connection to Caldera, school, family, community, and each other.It’s a story expressed through artwork and the power of the creative process.
The universe is born of fire. Some fires we conjure, some we capture, and some grow wild. Others transform. A forest begins to heal itself after a fire; a once-still volcano erupts with power and beauty; soft, moldable clay becomes a sturdy structure in the heat of a kiln. How do you transform? What sparks you? How are you a part of transformation around you?
The sun is central to all living things on Earth. It is constant.We each move through life with a spark of sun inside us and our gathered light intensifies when we are together. Like the sun, we are dynamic and powerfully bright.Where is your brilliance? What is your energy source? How do you respond to flares and outages in your power? How do you shine?
Life is wild, and it is all around us.Among the animals, we learn to be tender, tough, and creative. Their beauty and diversity inspires us to great works of compassion and art. Wildlife helps us understand our unique position in the world–and to treasure nature everywhere it flourishes, even within ourselves.
The land is a great gift–and a great responsibility.It has always been our home and our most important resource. Our food, our water and our shelter all come from the earth. Its beauty inspires us–from its soaring, snow-capped mountains and deep blue lakes to its vast plains and rolling green hills. There are new mysteries to discover every day in the ground beneath our feet.
The Culture of We was an exhibition of student artwork presented as a companion exhibition to Fallen Fruit’s Paradise at the Portland Art Museum. For the exhibition Caldera high school students created still life paintings on canvas. The paintings depict important objects connected to the students’ family stories and histories.
Along with painting, students also created a podcast episode about the Fallen Fruit exhibit, “A Day in Paradise.” The podcast was broadcasted on KBOO in Portland and can be heard here.
Click here to learn more about the Fallen Fruit of Portland project.
Students: Tuna, McLovin, Gidget, Wan, Kano, Cookie Dough, Narwhal, Nemesis, Hanimal, Snake, Backspace, King, Lil Red, Mini-Mi, Nightcould, Ziggy/Spiderman, Flutter
Location: Wieden+Kennedy Gallery