Temporary Site-Specific Installation
North Ticket Lobby
PDX International Airport
August 15, 2012 – August 12, 2013
Based on the short story, "Everything that Rises Must Converge", and other themes from writer Flannery O'Connor.
From the Port of Portland:
"Marshall Roemen, an emerging artist from Eugene, OR, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. His most recent installation, 'Milledgeville, Georgia, After the Rain', was inspired by author Flannery O’Connor. Created in part as a tribute to Portland’s enduring love of great literature, Roemen embedded images and symbolism from O’Connor’s work in the piece.
Roemen was inspired by O’Connor’s critique of perspectives, both in her characters and her social context. Her admonition for writers (or artists) to find the place where “time and space and eternity somehow meet,” challenged Roemen to explore intersections between various contexts that otherwise seemed separated. Roemen says of his work, “For many years I have been drawn toward expansive surfaces that dwarf my sense of self, allowing me to explore natures outside of my own reach and command. Ultimately I seek to create windows into a paradigm outside of the one I presume to know and understand, peering through something penultimate to see something unseen; a greater reality which may only reveal itself through the act of looking.”