GHOST & FLOWERWhen asked exactly what Ghost & Flower is, one might be a bit confused. Jesse Narens is not. He is creating. He displays both art and sound on Ghost & Flower as well as whimsical toys on his other site, Stegoforest. To him the two sites make up everything from dreams; those moments we float in between worlds and those strange ideas we imagine as children. Stegoforest is a mixture of monsters and dinosaurs placed into new settings where they take on new identities.
With art that leads imaginations to a place of dreamy in-between, this confident young artist is able to hit a soft place in all of our hearts as he bridges worlds between youth and adulthood. As a self taught artist he draws from the greater Northwest for inspiration, creativity and knowledge. With multiple projects on his playful and creative agenda, Narens uses the Pacific Northwest’s mysterious landscape to create.
Recently, he showcased his pieces at RAW at Bossanova Ballroom.Check out the shop on Etsy.----MOLLY JOCHEMLike many artists in Portland, Molly Jochem pulls her inspiration from the buzz of her surroundings. With many people living in Portland from other cities, she finds the “crazy quilt of individuals making new patterns without common root” extremely interesting. As the population of PDX makes new patterns, Jochem is there to observe, create and inspire.
Jochem recently took a few years off the art scene to perfect the science of bike mechanics, her other passion. She is emerging back into the art scene with a new approach that combines both artistry and cycling. She loves bikes; painting pictures of them and painting on them. In the past, she has done several pieces centered around rivers and bridges. Molly claims “painting slows the input speed down to a rate that I can contemplate and reorder into a more harmonic chaos.”
Photo courtesy: Jesse Narens & Molly Jochem