Statement Wynde Dyer’s new body of work emerges from a series of self-guided sessions in exposure therapy. The artist forced herself to confront select trauma-rooted aversions by combining banal—but emotion-laden, for Dyer—materials (e.g. soap, duct tape, extension chords, plastic bags, Tupperware, etc.) with self-soothing practices from her childhood and adolescence. The act of creating these objects and environmental interventions was intended to neutralize any residual negative charge, all the while simultaneously tapping into oft-repressed reservoirs of memory. This project is supported in part by a 2013-2014 Artistic Focus Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC).
Bio Wynde Dyer is a process-based installation artist and painter who lives and works in Portland, OR. Her work is concerned with representations and transformations of physical and psychological space, and the intersection between individual narrative and universal experience. Dyer was the founder of Golden Rule Gallery, and has shown widely in Portland at venues such as Place, Cock Gallery, and MilePost 5. This year Dyer was the recipient of project grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council. www.wyndedyer.com