Jana Charl


Oregon Sunshine

Oregon Sunshine Installation
Oregon Sunshine Installation Panels

HAY CREEK RANCH: May 3, 2019, ART ADVENTURE GALLERY: March - December 2020, Madras, Oregon

12 panels, 3 x 5 ft / .91 x 1.52 m (each), spanning 36 ft / 11 m

Oregon Sunshine is a mixed-media installation inspired by wildflowers. The story to create the
12-panel installation began with a 36 x 48 in (91 x 122 cm) acrylic painting Sunrise. I cut slits
into the stretched-canvas painting to weave in strips of painted-canvas. The resulting pattern of
graphic bars form a visual language I've developed to represent words and punctuation.

Next, I digitized the artwork for output onto outdoor vinyl and adjusted the composition to fit the
36 x 5 ft (11 x 1.5 m) site-specific space in Watertown, MA. Upon receiving the weathered vinyl
after the 6-month exhibition, I cut out a patch to create a series of 10 small mixed-media works
for the Production - Process - Collaboration installation at Tate Liverpool, England.

Following the second installation, I divided the remaining weathered vinyl into 12 panels, roughly
3 x 5 ft / 91 x 150 cm each. I gessoed and painted wildflowers on sections; wove in pieces of
painted canvas "words" and then sewed on wildflowers of plastic mesh produce bag "petals" and
crocheted-string centers. Next, I mounted three wood bars (repurposed from a surfboard
manufacturing business that used them for dividers to stack foam surfboard blanks) on each panel
for hanging.

Similar to my other installations, I repurposed waste materials destined for dumpsites and landfills.
By creating installations, I seek to engage viewers in innovative ways to challenge perspectives
and perceptions.