Work is set to begin on a new public mural project organized by the Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA). The Ladies Up Mural Project will feature murals by five local Portland-based artists at 1401 SE Morrison St (along SE Alder St), in partnership with the property owner, Killian Pacific. Existing murals at this site were organized by Forest for the Trees and include work by Laura Berger and Shawna X painted in 2017.
For this collaboration, PSAA chose a broad theme: a line-up of emerging local female-identifying artists. PSAA wanted to continue with the precedent set by Forest for the Trees and focus on supporting female artists at this particular site. Female/femme/non-binary artists are highly underrepresented when it comes to overall access to painting in public space. As a result of this gender inequity, not all perspectives and stories are being told in our public artistic landscape. Street art is a very male-dominated culture, so PSAA has been working to create opportunities and safe spaces for female-identifying muralists to paint.
"In supporting artists during the unprecedented times we are experiencing today, we are not only supporting individuals, but also providing beautiful, artistic moments of hope for everyone to enjoy.” - Chelsea Rooklyn, Killian Pacific
PSAA is excited to team up with a fresh new set of diverse artists for the Ladies Up Mural Project. Tatyana Ostepenko born and raised in Soviet Ukraine, Salomée Souag a bilingual designer with Algerian and Peruvian decent born in Switzerland, Amaranta Colindres born in Santa Ana El Salvador and raised in California, Isis Fisher born and raised in Hawaii, and Kyra Watkins originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. For three of these artists, this will be their first public art mural. With this project and others, PSAA aims to provide a platform for diverse artists to celebrate their unique perspectives and artistic visions.
This project is part of PSAA's Community Art Program, where property owners and the community provide donations to support public art projects that are fully curated by PSAA. Selected artists are provided small stipends for their work, along with very open creative freedom to produce work that they want to add to their portfolio. This program often supports emerging artists, experimentation, and innovation.
PSAA is requesting community donations for Ladies Up, specifically to apply a protective clear coating onto the mural work and to provide artists with additional finacial support for their work.