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The Jaunt

Lisa Congdon - Painted Hills, Oregon, USA


Silkscreen print, edition of 50, signed and numbered by the artist, unframed

Destination: Painted Hills, Oregon, USA

Date: 12 - 16 October, 2020

Jaunt #069 (second edition)

approx. 27.5"h x 19.75"w, 70cm x 50cm

“I have lived in Oregon for over five years, and I had always heard that the desert in the middle and eastern parts of the state were really stunning. I'd seen pictures of the landscape there, and so I expected to encounter some magical sights. But what I didn't realize was just how beautiful literally everything was. It wasn't just the National Monuments that I visited that were so phenomenal. Every drive, every bike ride, every hike revealed stunning views. I was also impressed by the diversity of landscapes in Oregon, from forests to deserts to gigantic rock formations. The colors were also incredible, from earth tones to bright pinks and blues and greens. My favorite moments were riding my bike through the area and noticing all the beauty around me. The county where I stayed and where the Painted Hills are is the least populated county in all of Oregon. There is so much open space everywhere you turn. It was so quiet most of the time that I was noticing all the sounds -- from crickets to coyotes howling to owls calling. It made me really want to spend more time of my life outside in nature and noticing all the sounds and smells and sights. I spend a lot of time rushing through life, meeting deadlines, moving from one meeting to another. This trip was completely the opposite. And, yet, I felt completely at home. 

Originally I was supposed to travel to Kyoto. But then COVID happened, and that was no longer possible. So when I was asked if I would be willing to pivot to travel somewhere local, I realized this was an opportunity to do something totally different, and I embraced the crossroad with enthusiasm instead of feeling disappointment. This year has been about perseverance, not just for me, but for everyone. And my Jaunt to the Painted Hills was part of that perseverance, letting go of my expectations for what the year was supposed to bring and embracing the new reality. The image depicts the prole of a human face moving forward, enveloped by ora and birds into the future. I used my own prole to create the negative space that makes up the human prole, but it really could be any one of us making the very best of a very difcult year.“

-Lisa Congdon