As a Pisces born, I have always innately felt it important to stick close to water of some sort — from long baths to hours of staring at the relationships between light and shadow on a river’s face. I have been lucky in my life to have landed at each home near a water body — Catherine Creek outside my bedroom window in Eastern Oregon, the continuous lolling roar of the Pacific in Cannon Beach, the sprawls of the Columbia and Youngs Rivers here in Astoria. I cannot imagine living somewhere far away from water.

Even having been born in Clatsop County and lived all of my adult life here, years spent exploring and dabbling have barely scratched the surface of the many bodies of water this area holds in its perimeters. There is no end to the fascination in watching the living movement of water — rain following its molecularly predestined trails down window panes; rippling rivulets formlessly passing over the rocks of a stream bed; the endless and ever-changing sameness of surface patterns.

Water is never boring in any of its shapes or moods. The varieties of its composition, its particular and cultural importance to myself as well as everyone inhabiting this region — human, plant, and animal — comprise such a faceted and integral surface that portraying it presents a compelling challenge, however. I am grateful for the opportunity to put certain ideas into physical form, and for the chance to once again collaborate with Roger Hayes.

As an artist, I get a satisfaction from the use of varying and not necessarily standard materials. I love indulging my passion for scavenged objects by utilizing every scrap of fabric, every sizable sliver of wood, each last squeeze of the paint tube. I love attempting to delineate the details of Nature — in the abstract via thread and cloth, and in the fine line following the narrow point of a brush or nib.

-Sally Lackaff, 2016