Third Place: Mike Southern
by Mike Southern, 2003, etching,
"I think my work operates visually in two interesting ways," says Oregon artist Mike Southern.
"From a distance things seem very sharp, full of a sense of place and realism.
When viewed up close, the minutiae of the marks and the abstract quality of the landscape become more apparent.
My goal is to create work that draws you in from across the room and then is able to hold your attention upon a closer look."
landscapes by visiting a chosen site, usually multiple times.
sketches, takes photos, works on the copper plate and familiarizes himself with the location.
Southern received his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1990, and a master of fine arts degree in printmaking from the University of Georgia, in Athens, in 1995.
work has appeared in many solo and group shows and is in a number of collections, including the Portland Art Museum
, in Portland, Oregon.
For more information on Southern
, visit his
website at www.mikesouthern.com, or e-mail him at email@example.com.