Mara Moranz "Cascadia"
Incubation: Artists in Pursuit of Discovery

Mara Moranz "Cascadia"

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sterling silver, copper, local agate, paper, wood
metal fabrication, collage
9" x 11" x 2"

"Cascadia is representative of the greater experience of moving to the Pacific Northwest. I found myself moving often, and eventually trading in urban spaces for a quieter, slower experience. I take the time to consider the soothing experience of rain, and the beauty of the mountains, visible as the fog rolls away in the morning. I want to be uplifted and inspired, and seek that hope in the world around me."

My summer at Peters Valley was my first time living in a space with more than twenty feet between my home and my neighbors. I thoroughly identified as a “city person,” and this was the first time I really felt that life could be slow; that I had an alternative to being attached to some form of constant interaction. That slowness has taught me to look at my surroundings, and that I have the opportunity to let them organically influence my practice. Living in visual distance of mountains and forests has become a grounding source of calm and inspiration.

Mara Moranz, Portland, OR
Mara Moranz is a Portland, Oregon-based visual artist. She received her BFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing from the University of the Arts. She creates mixed material 2D and 3D objects, exploring themes of emotional weight, gendered expectations, and the struggle to feel palatable and comfortable in an ever-changing world.

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