Bryan Putnam

Methow Valley, Washington

photo by trask bedortha and todd cooper, Eugene Weekly
Photo by Trask Bedortha and Todd Cooper, Eugene Weekly

The Cascade Range, that rugged spine which divides the Northwest’s rainy coast from its dry, glacier-gouged plateau, maintains a deeply emblematic place within me. This is where I did my growing up; in a rural community at the blurry edge of wilderness. My practice is built upon a continued fascination with wild spaces and the human communities skirting them. Most of all, I am interested in how physical movement through wilderness seems intimately connected with internal exploration of the self.

In June of 2014 I received my MFA from the University of Oregon. Currently, I am teaching printmaking and drawing full-time at the university, making new work, and exploring the Oregon wilds.