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Sitka Spruce II
TitleSitka Spruce II
Artwork DescriptionA combination of drawing and black and white photographic elements render the base of a spruce tree.
Description on ObjectSitka Spruce II, mixed media collage; fragments; 42 x 24 inches
Artist StatementFragments is a series of photographically-based two- and three-dimensional photographic constructions that engage the element of time in relationship to the land. The portrayal of time may be: geologic- as seen in the stratification of a canyon or gorge through erosion or faulting; pre-historic- as seen through archeological remains; historic- marking the events that led to our current settlement patterns; seasonal- in the changing vegetation and weather; or the instantaneous- speaking to the evanescent progression of one moment of sight, or insight, to the next and the ever-changing character of place. These relatively large-scale constructions use multiple black and white photographs mounted on board, and include the use of metal-based toners, bleach, oil paint, gouache, color pencil, graphite, and hand-made papers. (1999)
LC SubjectBas-relief
Composition (Photography)
Trees in art
AAT Subjectbas-reliefs
collages (visual works)
mixed media
black-and-white photography
gouache (water-base paint)
CreatorWarpinski, Terri
About the ArtistTerri Warpinski has been a professor of art at the University of Oregon since 1984, where she also served in administrative positions such as Vice Provost of Academic Affairs and Community Engagement. Warpinski's images reflect her reverence for the Western Landscape and her interest in the traces of human connection with this landscape. Warpinski invests her images with a strong belief in the environmental movement: "Art, literature and Theater can gather people around an issue in an uplifting way. It's not being irresponsible or ignoring the seriousness of things. Neither is it preaching to the converted. In my experience art can reach the spirit of people in a deeper way than a purely analytical approach..." Warpinski's projects include a series on aboriginal rock art in Australia, works inspired by her field notebooks, hand-colored black and white photographs, and large-format collages which include the Fragments series images that are now a part of this collection.
Artist URL
Regional Arts CouncilThe Oregon Arts Commission has ten Regional Arts Councils that provide delivery of art services and information. The Council for this location is Lane Arts. You may view their website at
Artwork Creation Date1999
Award Date(s)1998
Installation Date1999
MediumMixed media
Artwork Measurements40 x 28 inches
Materials/TechniqueFragments are one-of-a-kind, mixed media collages comprised of multiple, black and white photographs that are toned and occasionally bleached. The works may be bas-relief and may also include graphite, text transfers, and selective added color through gouache and/or oil pigments. They are mounted on archival 4-ply rag mat in a bleached ash wood frame.
Source Formatslide
Artwork SiteEugene Oregon. University of Oregon. Knight Law Center
Locationsecond floor, Gary M. Galton reception area
Site Address1515 Agate Street, Eugene Oregon
CountyLane County, Oregon
Image Processing HistoryMaster tiff image captured at 4000 pixels across the long edge using SilverFast AI 6.0 software. Digital images in tiff format are archived and saved. Adobe Photoshop CS2 used to reorient and crop image, set and neutralize shadow and highlight points, adjust levels, contrast and sharpen as needed. Second production tiff saved. Color profile converted from Adobe RGB (1998) to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, resolution revised to 125 pixels, resize longer dimension to 875 pixels; save display jpeg at quality level 6.
RightsCopyright is retained by the artist or author. All rights reserved.
ContributorsUniversity of Oregon Libraries; Oregon Arts Commission
PublisherUniversity of Oregon Libraries
Digital Collection TitleUniversity of Oregon. Libraries. Oregon Public Percent for Art Digital Collection.
Contributing InstitutionContributing Institution
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