Doug Anderson

Titles: Stopped Jumpers II Title: Three Still Fish

Doug Anderson is a practicing artist living in Hillsboro, Oregon and is a full-time faculty member at Pacific University. He received a BFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His work has been exhibited widely across the United States and has garnered many awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant and The Award for Excellence at the 59th Finger Lakes Biennial at Memorial Art Museum in Rochester, NY. As an artist he is passionate about observing and interpreting relationships between people, places, and things in unexpected ways. As a teacher he is eager to help students participate in a creative process that ignites their curiosity that explores possibilities. His artwork exploits various themes of the human condition using both representational imagery and abstract mark making. He enjoys an experimental approach to art making and is comfortable with traditional or non-traditional materials and techniques. Mr. Anderson’s current research explores organic and manmade objects found in beach debris of the Pacific Northwest.

Artist’s Statement: I happened upon a wetlands area in Oregon that had been reduced to parched cracked dirt. Every few feet for two hundred yards or more in the area in front of me lay a rust colored ring encircled a desiccated body of a decaying fish. There were scores of dried fish in all kinds of configurations usually in small clusters in every direction. Some were nestled together side by side as if to offer each other some measure of comfort as they gasped final breaths. Some were snout to snout and others belly to belly. Some large fish seemed to be protecting their young as they played. All were frozen in place with flaking scales and emptying eye sockets, as more delicate bones were revealed each day. While this grotesque and malodorous scene was disturbing, I was utterly fascinated by the beauty of the poses, the ochre rings surrounding each and the still recognizable boney structures of each fish. I loved the way the colors, textures, and shapes of the fish looked on the crackled earth. This experience was the inspiration for the series of f the mixed media works in the series called, “Drought”