COAR 2019 artist
Cannon Beach resident Drea Rose Frost is an artist whose conceptual work revolves around the ocean landscape, passing time, repeat patterns in nature, and our human relationship to the planet. During her COAR residency, Frost plans on developing a new series of acrylic paintings involving carved detailing, wax and forgotten rubbish objects. Along with these paintings, she will be working with the notion of the human impact as it relates to our effect on the environment by creating a series of sculptural assemblages in the form of birds and animals from paper, wax, metal, dyed fabric and various man-made objects.
Frost also plans to create a series of oil paint Gyotoku prints on rice paper using handmade armatures and found objects. The sculptural element, in the form of the mixed-media fauna is meant to enhance the project and aid in promoting environmental stewardship through art. “By integrating man-made debris,” Frost wrote in her application essay, “I hope to carry the message about how much we consume and throw away, to the peril of the planet and ourselves. The message however is not intended to be heavy-handed, I feel that my viewer is sophisticated enough to read into this concept with a delicate delivery and thus I choose to embed the found object thus creating the illusion of beauty with the banal.
“My goal with this project,” she wrote, “is to create an exhibition that encourages community dialogue about our responsibilities as ambassadors and protectors of our coastline and the earth; hopefully resulting in a better awareness of our habitat and realization that it's possible to make small life changes that reflect positive environmental values. I am also hoping to show through my artwork that various materials can be transformed from detritus into something beautiful with the goal of convincing people to view such objects in a different light and perhaps give them new life beyond ‘trash.’”
Examples of Frost’s work can be seen on her website https://drearosefrost.com/.