When it’s not being mined by Portlandia writers for brunch jokes, the Pacific Northwest seems like the right place to “become one with nature.” Kelly Schirmann, a Portland-based artist (not to mention a writer, musician and all around internetty persona) incorporates nature into her work without getting completely lost in the woods.
Her collages have a deep, warm, and vintage-looking tone, and yet images of people continue to intrude on the pleasing backgrounds. Figures look snipped from old National Geographics or math textbooks; they wear all manner of indigenous dress but they’ve been ripped from their cultural contexts. Two transient dudes slumber on a tropical island, disrupting the idyll. In a recent blog post, Schirmann describes an upcoming poetry book as inspired by “Forests, earned heartache, the psychedelic of self-removal, shovels & other tools.” Her visual art has that same schema of nature and self.
You can buy a wide array of Schirmann’s prints at her shop on society6 for $18 a pop.