by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: DAN KVITKA - Reading #4, done with ink on mulberry paper by Heather Watkins.

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University opened Heather Watkins’ “Recurrent Work” with a reception Feb. 23. The exhibit continues through April 2. The artist will discuss her work at a gallery talk in the Art Gym at 12:30 p.m. March 6.

Approximately 70 drawings and sculptures from multiple series have been selected for the exhibit. In these works, Watkins runs carefully structured experiments into the properties and interactions of ink, thread, cord and paper. These experiments include variations of the way Watkins interacts or intervenes with her materials — coaxing the flow of a ribbon of ink across and around the surface of a sheet of paper by tilting and tipping; or soaking cord in ink and laying it down in coils, then waiting overnight for the ink to transfer to the paper below and/or above.

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gym is publishing the book “Heather Watkins: Recurrent Work.” The book features an essay by Stephanie Snyder, director and curator of the Cooley Gallery at Reed College. It joins the Art Gym’s more than 65 books and catalogs on art created by artists based in the Pacific Northwest.

Watkins is a member of the regional arts community and has received grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and Caldera. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been a member of the faculties of Lewis & Clark College, the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

The Art Gym is located on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus.

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