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Write Around PAM: Roman Saucepan

As county risk levels shift and vaccinations increase, we may start to venture out of our households more often. We likely have spent more time isolated this last year—and more time with the everyday objects around us–than we ever could have anticipated when the shutdown began. Writing allows us the opportunity to pause and reflect…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Helen Frankenthaler

As the days lengthen, we may find ourselves longing for a summer vacation. This piece by Helen Frankenthaler can offer just the mental break to tide you over. In this early work, we can see her interest in using blocks of solid colors to suggest the land and sea. Frankenthaler soon developed the influential Color…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Melodie McDaniel

When was the last time you felt really free? In your body, in the space around you, in your mind? This piece by Melodie McDaniel offers a moment to notice, to reflect, and to celebrate those moments in our lives when we have been able to let go, to take deep breaths, to trust, and…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Katherine Bradford

As we officially welcome spring and the bounty of beauty it offers, we are also reminded to pause, to reflect, and to honor all that has happened since spring last arrived, and to make space for all that is yet to come. This piece by Katherine Bradford feels like a perfect companion to this time…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Fujikasa Satoko

Even though the official start of spring is still a week away, we can feel the shift in the season. This piece by Fujikasa Satoko feels like a perfect embodiment of springtime—bursting forth, flowing, bringing energy and light into our days. A celebrated Japanese ceramicist, Fujikasa transforms clay into astonishing creations that appear lighter than…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Azechi Umetarō

Titles offer insight into an artist’s vision and add layers of meaning to an artwork. Japanese printmaker Azechi Umetarō often took inspiration from his experiences mountaineering, as we see in this print, Yuki otoko (Man in Snow). He made dozens of woodblock prints of similar subjects. His human figures in the snowy mountains are often…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Thelma Johnson Streat

This tapestry by Thelma Johnson Streat feels playful and inviting, and we’d like to use it as inspiration for our own playful writing this week. Streat grew up in Portland, studied at the Museum Art School in the 1930s, and is featured in the Oregon Encyclopedia. She was a dancer, singer, and painter as well…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Jacob Lawrence

This piece by Jacob Lawrence is full of activity, of working and building, of creating something new. The energy of the piece invites us to engage with it, to put ourselves in the scene. What do we hear? What conversations are taking place? We invite you to spend some time imagining and then writing down…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Roy DeCarava

Writing allows us to reflect deeply on our journey, as individuals, as families, as community. This evocative photograph by Roy DeCarava has appeared in two Portland Art Museum exhibitions that each considered the meaning of journeys and transitions in very different ways, one through African American art and the Great Migration and the other through…  Read more

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Write Around PAM: Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett created these lithographs in honor of Margaret Walker’s seminal poem “For My People.” Rather than illustrating the poem literally, Catlett transforms Walker’s powerful words about Black experience into iconic images. Together, Catlett’s words and Walker’s text explore hope and despair, as well as the simple joys of life. Writing and visual art so…  Read more