Slow Grow | Amie LeGette

Littman Gallery  | July 5–28, 2017

Reception: Friday, July 14, 6–8 pm

Curated by Paul Maziar


Slow Grow is a series of paintings created in 2016-2017.

I’m interested in the space between the natural and the artificial and pursue translating luminous qualities into pieces that speak of nature as well as architechted manmade structures.

The spaces and forms in these pieces are meant to be suggestive and open-ended, allowing the viewer play over their sensory associations. I hope for them to be evocative, abstract yet reflective of experiences had in both natural and urban environments. I hope with this to provoke a phenomenological presence that feels elemental, delicate, and human.



Laminar plays of light

Femme psychology

Internal and external expanses of the body

Swaying motion

Entryways through

Proscenium arches

Loose balance

Questions of perspective

Flustered symmetries



Cloaks / manetls / shrouds


Weight / gravity / lightness




Rayleigh scattering / milk glass

“After a lifetime in cities and towns, a faint longing rises. A desire for the geometry of skylines to be overgrown, and for architecture to open and lighten space, rather than confine and darken it. However, this isn’t a wish for civilizations to fall into ruin. It’s the dream of a surreal atmosphere where the architechted and the wild meet. (LeGette works) in this haze between the two. Structures and color become tiny phenomenological experiences that confuse the lyrical fluidity of nature with the rigidity of the manmade. These moments contain beauty, delight and vastness in a way that feels ancient and life-affirming. As if they are hoping to imbue our new, technological world with the very delicate qualities that make us human.” —Calvin Ross Carl & Ashley Sloan, show text from a 2016 exhibition with David Corbett


Amie LeGette was born in 1985 and grew up in Northern California. She received her FBA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. She has exhibited at Michael Strogoff Gallery in Marfa, TX; Carl & Sloan in Portland, OR; and various other venues in Portland and on the East Coast. She lived at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon in 2014, and in 2016 was a finalist with the wilderness arts program SIgnal FIre. She currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

Documentation by Leif Andersen.