“Dizzy” Sensation Means These Harmonic Artworks Work
Visitors walk right up to these “harmonic artworks” and literally try to crawl into them. Some stand inside the netlike sculptures, while others walk between them and the white gallery wall. The iPhone’s flashlight app creates intricate three dimensional shadows in the color of what the artist calls “vibrational instruments.” People of all backgrounds and ages are drawn to these sea creature or plant like sculptures. The artist explains that this engagement with the work allows its energetic properties to affect people. This interaction accounts for a mildly disorienting sensation felt by sensitive viewers.
Jadene Mayla hails from the Bay Area but moved to Oregon in 1983. Her artwork focuses on the application of the science of BioGeometry, a discipline resuscitated from Ancient Egypt by architect and engineer Dr. Ibrahim Karim. She knits her beautiful pieces from hemp or linen yarn, then stretches and stiffens them in forms she thinks her audience will recognize. Seaweed and plant seed pods most closely resemble the microscopic sacred geometry she employs to make them, she explains. She did a Google search on a hunch and discovered her knitting pattern looks identical to magnified plant cells. She chooses complimentary colors that mimic the pulse of living things. The curving lines of each piece create a striking combination of line, shape, and negative space, and the sculptures hang and rotate on currents of air, offering what seems like an endless number of perspectives.
“These are some kind of decadent fixture.” – owner
“People have remarked that they can feel the energy.” – curator
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Exhibitions, Awards, Achievements
Jadene Mayla is a multimedia artist with an MFA in Applied Craft + Design from both Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art and a BLA in Landscape Architecture. She has exhibited at Horsehead Gallery, Launchpad Gallery, Bison Gallery, Cascade Gallery, Seven Virtues, Stylus Grooves, Furthermore Gallery, The Mansion, Division Street, Synesthesia Festival, and the Burning Man arts festival, and is currently showing work at the Port of Portland.
Her awards include first place in the H.O.P.E.S. national design competition, 2005, Eco-Biz status since 2011, a $12,000 scholarship from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and a $24,000 scholarship from Oregon State University.
Other achievements include published work in Alternatives Magazine, Nothing Sacred Journal, Center Street Journal, and the Portland Mercury; the position of Vice President with the American Center for Sustainability; invitations to speak at Clackamas Community College and Ujima Center; inclusion on the schedule of workshops for the Northwest Regional Permaculture Gathering, Village Building Convergence, and SE Portland Permaculture Convergence; selection for the Glass Goddess Project core team, National Honor Society, and art review team for Untitled Magazine; and co-founder of the Eugene City Repair Project.
BioGeometry is a sacred science that allows me to verify and design for the emanation of a specific trio of subtle frequencies shown empirically to protect biological systems against electromagnetic fields. Through its application, I also capture the attention of elemental forces the ancient Egyptians called NeTeRs. It is my intention to co-create an object-scale architecture of human awakening through my engagement with these natural Devic intelligences.
- Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving
- Systems Design and Development
- Project Management
- Client Communications
- Drafting and Illustration
- Presentation, Education, and Demonstration
- Strategic Change Management
- Cultivation of Partnerships and Alliances
- Process Improvement
- Resource Utilization and Management
Harmonic Artworks LLC ~ Portland, OR. 2014-present.
- Developed business systems in marketing and production
- Implemented effective client management strategy
- Created and delivered unique solutions to electromagnetic pollution
- Organized all components of creative studio
- Secured mentoring from local luminaries resulting in efficient progress
- Streamlined resource use
Eco-Logic Permaculture & Landscape Design ~ Portland, OR. 2004-2012.
Designer & Project Manager
- Earned first place award in national design competition for ecological suburban redesign
- Pioneered effective client relations strategy
- Created and delivered unique solutions to natural resource waste
- Organized resource utilization, housing, and amenities to efficiently enhance livability & environmental quality
- Facilitated supervision and communication method to ensure accurate installation
- Maximized efficiency of land use and health of land on diverse sites
Green Tree ~ Ukiah, CA. 2010-2011.
National Training Coordinator
- Pioneered effective national training program
- Organized an individualized game plan for each employee
- Innovated employee hiring strategy resulting in retention of top-quality staff
- Answered diverse needs by combining multiple functions in single elements
- Managed numerous projects from community educational partnerships through employee support
- Reallocated resources resulting in higher overall effectiveness of organization
Designscape, Inc. ~ San Diego, CA. 2006-2007
- Integrated service and creativity to be in the top 5% of designers
- Innovated client relations strategy resulting in retention of clients
- Devised synergistic solutions to competing problems
- Answered diverse needs by combining multiple functions in single elements
- Inspired customers through intriguing presentations
- Managed numerous projects from customer service through design documentation
Teufel Design Studio ~ Portland, OR. 2005-2006
- Advised design team through insightful adjustments
- Created dynamic graphics and documents for client presentations
- Drafted plans to promote company image and reputation for competency
MFA, Applied Craft + Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art/Oregon College of Art & Craft, In progress, expected June 2015.
BLA, Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon 2005
PDC, Permaculture Design, Cascadia Permaculture Institute 2004
BA, Writing and Liberal Studies, Oregon State University 1999
$12,000 Scholarship, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2014
First Place, Holistic Options for Planet Earth Sustainability (H.O.P.E.S.) national design competition 2005
$24,000 Scholarship, Oregon State University, 1992
Jadene Mayla, Mycelium Demonstrating Taoism, Alternatives Magazine, Issue 57, Spring 2011, pages 8-9.
Jadene Mayla, The Buzz, Nothing Sacred, Issue 1, Summer 1992, page 4.
MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION
Mayla, Jadene. (2016) Zombie Permaculture.
Mayla, Jadene. The Zen of Dishwashing [Web log post]. Zombie Permaculture.
Pizza Permaculture, Ujima Center, 2012
Permaculture in the Urban Landscape, Clackamas Community College 2009
Subversive Guerrilla Art Project, Southeast Portland Permaculture Convergence 2015
Permaculture for Land Managers, Eco-Logic Permaculture & Landscape Design 2012
Restoration Seed Bombs, Village Building Convergence 2007
Herb Spiral Workshop, Northwest Regional Permaculture Gathering 2004
Pacific Northwest Sculptors 2014-present.
Vice President, American Center for Sustainability 2009
Co-Founder, Eugene City Repair Project 2005
Member, National Honor Society 1992
Volunteer, The Portland City Repair Project, 2015.
Volunteer, Native American Family Day, Mt. Scott Community Center, November 2014.
Volunteer/Artist, Division Design Initiative, Division Neighborhood Asociation, October 2014.
Community Garden Design & Installation, City Houses, April 2012 – September 2014.
Art Reviewer, Untitled Magazine, wrote reviews of gallery shows, 2013.
Member, Progressive Students Alliance 2005
Radio DJ, KBVR 88.1 FM 1992-1994