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The notion of self-similarity.” A two-person collaboration with artist Jodi Lightner, Multnomah Arts Center Gallery, Portland, OR, October 5-23, 2018

Artist's Reception: Friday, October 5, 2018 @ 7 – 9:00 PM
Show Dates: October 5 – 23, 2018
Where: Multnomah Arts Center Gallery in Multnomah Village
Address: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR
Phone: 503-823-2787
Guest Juror: Nim Xuto
Website: Multnomah Arts Center Gallery

"The notion of self-similarity." by Amber Vanhatala Stene and Jodi Lightner

"The notion of self-similarity." by Amber Vanhatala Stene and Jodi Lightner

Au Naturel – The Nude in the 21st Century

I've been selected to show three of my figure works in the 12th annual international show, Au Naturel – The Nude in the 21st Century. Below is one work from the show. Collectors of the nude, come see all 61 works from 41 artists.

Artist's Reception: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 @ 6:00 PM
Show Dates: January 25 – March 15, 2018
Where: Royal Nebeker Gallery, Clatsop Community College
Address: 1651 Lexington Ave., Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-338-2472
Juror: Arvie Smith

Chrystal. Anticipation.  Walnut ink on paper. Model from Hipbone Studio. 2017

Chrystal. Anticipation. Walnut ink on paper. Model from Hipbone Studio. 2017

UMKC Gallery of Art Presents: Body-Mind Entente

If you're in KC now through February 26, 2016, stop in at UMKC's Gallery of Art to see how works from Reinventing Self add to the conversation on body-mind connections. It's all part of an interdisciplinary approach on building identity curated by UMKC'S Graduate Art History Association. 

Getting back to life drawing.

Kayleigh reclining. Short pose at Hipbone Studio. June 2015

I've been drawing the figure at a variety of open studio venues here in Portland. This sepia-colored work is walnut ink on paper. See figure studies for more works from live models.

It's show time in Kansas City!

The collaboration work I did with Jodi Lightner, Reinventing Self, will be on display at Weinberger Fine Art from December 5 through January 5, 2015.  Come see it! To learn more, read the post: The Collaboration Process.

The Collaboration Process

In my work, I often combine rendering modes. And so naturally I began to wonder how it would be to combine rendering modes between two artists in the same work.

I asked grad school colleague, Jodi Lightner, if she'd consider working in collaboration with me. I sensed that our different styles and preferred subject matters could complement each other with contemporary results. She took me up on the idea instantly, even though we were separated by 900 miles

Here's a quick look at our collaborative process. (Click left image to toggle through to a larger view of each stage.)

First, we decided on the theme Reinventing Self, based on the common experience of reshaping our lives after grad school. Then, we agreed on the rules: flexibility, autonomy, and trust. We responded creatively to the other's work over the distance of three states. We'd each start a work solo, ship it off with a brief explanation of our intention, then allow the other person to contribute without further discussion, unless requested. 

We played to our individual strengths: Jodi created the environments, I painted the figures. We each started six of the twelve works. Starting a work gave the lead artist opportunity to concept the direction and title the work. Continuing a piece challenged the second artist to further that concept, which often resulted in expanding the intended meaning in new ways. 

Reinventing Self, a collaboration of 12 works by Amber Stene and Jodi Lightner will be showing at Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City, Missouri, from December 5, 2014 through January 15, 2015.