DANA LYNN LOUIS
For two decades Louis has maintained a rigorous studio practice that engages architectural space, glass, light and shadow among numerous other materials. The results fluctuate between intimate domestic-scaled pieces, to interdisciplinary performance collaborations, and large-scale public works that energize and alter ones experience of their environment. Louis is conceptually inspired by the timeless and fascinating systems of the body, the natural and constructed worlds, and their interconnectedness.
In the last ten years Louis’ work has also been profoundly affected by her experiences traveling through West Africa and helping to create Ko-falen, a cultural center in Bamako, Mali. Louis’ work is also influenced by her practice and study of yoga. Her work explores the connective layers in all of these experiences.
Louis’ work has been exhibited and collected Internationally. Articles about her work have appeared in Sculpture Magazine, Artweek and the German periodical Glashaus, among other periodicals. Available documents include: A book published by Lewis and Clark College in conjunction with her exhibition “Clearing” in 2014 and a catalogue from Louis’ 2009 exhibition “Faith Suspended” published by Marylhurst University. In addition to awards from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, The Ford Family Foundation, and The Oregon Arts Commission, Louis is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Foundation grant.