2019 COAR artist
Jeremy Furnish, born and raised in Portland, is a multi-medium visual artist and designer currently living and working in the Columbia River Estuary of Northwest Oregon. Jeremy began his creative stride as a child, coloring outside of the lines and finger-painting the dog. Like Frost, Furnish plans to use the residency to create a body of work with a goal of making a connection between the collection of refuse and the viewer. He also hopes to encourage discussion and create awareness of how our current state of consumerism is affecting the planet. With RWO as a resource, he says, this can be achieved with nearly 100% recycled materials. “Throughout my days, I keep a watchful eye for the next adventure and opportunity to create something from what others have refused,” Furnish wrote in his essay. “I continue to investigate origins, study process, perfect technique, and keep in my mind that a new body of found object works is just one adventure away.
“I’m interested in creating works in an array of sizes and purpose. The discovery of specific materials or collections of objects however, will ultimately influence the direction of the work. I work regularly within a wide range of mediums and feel comfortable working with anything that isn’t perishable, contaminated, or in a permanent near liquid state. My journey has granted me an extensive background with metals and I tend to lean on that experience to fulfill a sense of permanence with my work. Along with metals, I regularly work with glass, clay, acrylic and enamel paints, wood, and plastics. Additionally, photography and graphic arts for the purpose of documenting and promoting my own works and contributing to community projects.”
Examples of Jeremy Furnish’s work can be seen on his website: http://www.furnishcreative.com/