Creatio

October 2 – November 1, 2014

Opening Reception, Thursday, October 2, 6 – 9 p.m.

Hap Gallery

916 NW Flanders St., Portland, OR 97209
Tel: 503.444.7101

Hap Gallery presents Creatio, a solo exhibition and installation designed and produced specifically for the gallery by visual artist Wendy Given.

With a production of vivid, uncanny contemporary photography, sculpture, drawing and installation, Given’s practice stems from a profound interest guided by natural philosophy, history, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of power, verity and mystery in her work—both intelligible and arcane.  

Creatio investigates multicultural creation mythology with current interpretations of archetypal symbolism and imagery. Given skillfully and humorously depicts the macro and micro of our universe, from constellations in the night sky to the division of night and day, to renditions of forbidden fruits based on varying cultures to a skull made of ice—reflecting on modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth. 

Given’s visual craft conveys an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness—to be conscientious of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.

Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Creatio Installation, Hap Gallery
Creatio Installation View
Hap Gallery, Portland, OR
October 2014


Art, Pavo et Mus musculus, 2014
Pavo et Mus musculus, 2014
C-print
16.5 x 11 inches
Edition of 30

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Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis, 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches

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Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Paradis, 2014
Paradis (detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
30 x 45 inches


Art, Freyja's Bitter Flowers, 2013
Freyja's Bitter Flowers, 2013
C-print
30 x 45 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Serpens Numbers 1 – 7, 2014
Serpens Numbers 1 – 7, 2014
Clay, glass eyes and Northern Flicker feather
Various dimensions


Art, Serpens No. 1, 2014
Serpens No. 1, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
2 x 15 x 9 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 2, 2014
Serpens No. 2, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
2 x 6 x 6 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 3, 2014
Serpens No. 3, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
4 x 16 x 11 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 4, 2014
Serpens No. 4, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
1 x 24 x 9 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 5, 2014
Serpens No. 5, 2014
Clay, glass eyes and Northern Flicker feather
2 x 34 x 9 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 6, 2014
Serpens No. 6, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
1 x 12 x 10 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 7, 2014
Serpens No. 7, 2014
Clay and glass eyes
1 x 16 x 14 inches

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Art, Serpens No. 8, 2014
Serpens No. 8, 2014
Clay, glass eyes, enamel and porcelain Teeth
2 x 10 x 10

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Art, Corvus, 2014
Corvus, 2014
Taxidermic carrion crow, silver and moonstones
19 x 22 x 7

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Art, Pavo, 2014
Pavo, 2014
Taxidermic peacock, mouse, insects and crystals
78 x 18 x 24 inches

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Art, Lights in the Vault of the Sky, 2014
Lights in the Vault of the Sky, 2014
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 inches

PRIVATE COLLECTION



Art, Lights in the Vault of the Sky, 2014
Lights in the Vault of the Sky (Detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 inches


Art, Lights in the Vault of the Sky, 2014
Lights in the Vault of the Sky (Detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 inches


Art, Lights in the Vault of the Sky, 2014
Lights in the Vault of the Sky (Detail), 2014
Mixed media on paper
40 x 40 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Caput mortuum
Of the Garden: Caput mortuum, 2014
Ice and acrylic
16 x 16 x 16 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Caput mortuum
Of the Garden: Caput mortuum, 2014
Ice and acrylic
16 x 16 x 16 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Caput mortuum
Of the Garden: Caput mortuum, 2014
Ice and acrylic
16 x 16 x 16 inches


Art, A. muscaria, 2012
A. muscaria, 2012
C-print
40 x 40 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Wood, iron and deer antler
59 x 24 x 12 inches

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Art, Of the Garden: Scindere, 2014
Of the Garden: Scindere (Detail), 2014
Wood, iron and deer antler
59 x 24 x 12 inches


Art, Of the Garden: Punica granatum, 2014
Of the Garden: Punica granatum, 2014
C-print
20 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Ficus carica, 2014
Of the Garden: Ficus carica, 2014
C-print
20 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Malus domestica, 2014
Of the Garden: Malus domestica, 2014
C-print
20 x 20 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Progenitress, 2014
Of the Garden: Progenitress, 2014
C-print
60 x 40 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Progenitor, 2014
Of the Garden: Progenitor, 2014
C-print
60 x 40 inches
Edition of 3

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Art, Of the Garden: Vitus, 2014
Of the Garden: Vitis, 2014
C-print
40 x 40 inches
Edition of 3

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