Justin L’Amie was born in Astoria in 1983, and he spent part of his childhood in the area with his grandparents, who came to Astoria from northern Minnesota in 1960. He attended Clatsop Community College for the academic year 2002-03 before moving to Seattle where he received his B.F.A. from the Cornish College of Art in 2006. He currently lives and continues to make art in Portland, OR and is represented by PDX Contemporary Art. His first one-person exhibition occurred in 2010.
Read a great interview with L’Amie HERE. We’re proud to present his work in our virtual East Oregonian Gallery (below).
“Human Society has become an unstoppable and abrasive routine. Day after day we have slowly and voluntarily imprisoned ourselves lusting after convenience, competition, education and vanity- resulting in excessive work, bills, debt and worry. There is often little time or energy left to form meaningful bonds with other people let alone animals or nature. Our population has sacrificed it’s connection with the earth and it’s animal friends for unsustainable surplus agriculturalism, industrialization, colonialism, institutionalization of spirituality, class castes, along with many other terrifying realities that are part and parcel of CIVILIZATION.
“We contrive situations with nature like going camping or to the zoo to feel a connection to something we, in our real day-to-day life, spend our time and money trying to avoid, and in many cases intending to destroy. Give me slack, or give me death. These pieces are a sort of tribute to something I have always felt forcibly alienated from: Nature and Love” ~Justin L’Amie
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