From Peggy's first show in January 2015
Kinship Stories: Remembering Native North Portland
Reading Frenzy, 3628 N Mississippi, Portland, Oregon 97227
Opens Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6:00pm -9:00pm
Reading Frenzy is proud to present Kinship Stories: Remembering Native North Portland by Peggy Ball for the month of January in our Minikin Gallery!
Klamath/Modoc artist Peggy Ball-Morrill grew up and raised her family in North Portland. Her paintings portray memories of family and community in Vanport, at St. Andrews Church where weekly Bow & Arrow Culture Club gatherings were held, and sitting on the front porch of their home on N. Fairport Place. While places and people are real, memories and relationships twist time, for example, in one painting the artist sits in her wheelchair next to her mother; in this portrait 2014 sits next to 1964.
The artist portrays a community nearly invisible in popular culture where representations of native people are often limited to westerns or cartoons. The paintings remember a close-knit native community at a time when federal termination and relocation policies threatened native survival. They call attention to the relationships that sustained community. Mothers and children, siblings and couples and through time and memory, the relationship of ancestors to their descendants. The family are watched over and cared for by those that came before them.
Peggy Ball-Morrill’s parents moved from Chiloquin, Oregon to Vanport during World War Two. She was raised in North Portland, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and began taking art classes at PCC Cascade campus in the 1970’s. She studied drawing and painting at The Drawing Studio with Phil Sylvester and is also a master star quilt maker. She and her husband Dwight Ball-Morrill live in Pacific City, OR.