Croppings: Strange Narratives

Jamila Clarke at Chehalem Cultural Center

A close-up of a woman drinking a cup of coffee in which a small skull—perhaps a sugar cube—can be seen floating.

Jamila Clarke

Jamila Clarke is a Portland-based photographer with a background in theater and cinema. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, she studied studio art with a focus on fine art photography and digital video at Oberlin College. “I discovered my first camera at eight and fell in love with film in middle school, but it wasn’t until I discovered digital photography that everything came together,” she writes on her website. “I was able to create impossible moments, narratives worthy of folktales and add a little magic to everyday life.” Strange Narratives, which opens at the Chehalem Cultural Center in March, features such impossible moments. The exhibition’s photographs combine the extraordinary with the commonplace, using the imagery and language of folktales and literature to explore complex emotions of everyday life. Her photo from this series, "The Flood," appears on the cover of this issue.

Strange Narratives
March 20 to May 12, 2018
Chehalem Cultural Center

415 E. Sheridan St.
Newberg, OR 97132
(503) 487-6883


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