Shelley Jordon


Shelley Jordon

Shelley Jordon is a Portland Oregon-based artist whose paintings, animated installations and films explore interior and exterior worlds and the complex nature of memory. Using traditional forms of drawing and painting as well as hand-drawn animation, Jordon focuses on everyday objects and brings out their emotional and psychological resonance.
She has exhibited her artwork extensively in group and solo exhibitions at venues that include: the Wexner Center for the Arts, , the Frye Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum and her short films have won awards in numerous international festivals. She has received support from the Ford Family Foundation, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Center for the Humanities at OSU and the Oregon Arts Commission. She was the first Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Jerusalem and is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University.

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Holding My Breath (for peace), 2015, 1:00
The expression “don’t hold your breath” implies the impossibility of something occurring. Despite the violence, discrimination, persecution and terrorist attacks occurring daily, I can’t help but hope that someday things will be better. My animation “Holding My Breath….” is about not giving up hope.