Who: Oakland-based photographer Terri Loewenthal will present a Cabin 8 Sunday Show this weekend during her two-week stint as a resident in Suttle Lodge’s residency program, which it describes as “a scrappy, warm-hearted offering to artists of all disciplines to spend two weeks on a lake in the woods so they may practice and produce the art of their choice.” The informal Sunday Show features Loewenthal and her unique “psychscapes,” landscapes in which she combines separate places in nature into something new. Free and open to the public, it takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Suttle Lodge, 13300 Highway 20, west of Sisters. To learn more about Loewenthal, visit terriloewenthal.com. Contact: email@example.com or 541-638-7001.
Q: How did you find out about the Cabin 8 residency?
A: My friend … from Oakland came up here over the summer, and she came back to Oakland and she told me about it. “It’s so amazing there. They have a residency. You should apply.” That was basically it. And I looked at the website and I could tell that it’s clearly my people here. … So I applied, and little did I know anything about winter, really. The fact that March is completely covered in snow. I had no idea. But I’m so glad to be here in the snow, because as a nature lover, I’m sitting here thinking what am I doing without real seasons in my life. The snow is just a different thing every day. It’s so beautiful. And I realize I don’t live in it full time, and I can imagine it can be exhausting if it’s full time.
Q: What have you been working on during the residency?
A: You know, it’s been a really full practice while I’ve been here. I’ve been shooting some of the local spots. I’ve also been editing works that I’ve made in the past, because I have a show in New York in three weeks, and I’m trying to get it together for that. So, I’ve just been working constantly, shifting it up between editing and shooting. I also applied for a grant while I was here, which is a really nice thing to do when you’re on residency, because you have to write, and unless you’re a writer, it’s not that easy. Maybe it’s not easy for writers, either. I know writers sometimes have this residency, too, sometimes, this little cabin. I was just thinking how perfect this must be for them because you are secluded and it’s beautiful.
Q: How do you describe your psychscapes to folks?
A: Good question. Well, they’re single exposure, and I think that’s important because it maybe doesn’t appear that way at first. I think of it as in-camera collage. … I bring all my filter gear with me, and I sort of set up shop and play around in front of the lens using reflections and filters, and I’m taking the landscape that’s immediately surrounding me and sort of collaging it into a composition that feels like another place entirely. I’ve been editing … (and) the ones that make the cut are truly places that I want to be. They look like places I want to go.
Q: How did you find your vision as a photographer?
A: I’ve been making photos a really long time. I’ve always used a camera to connect with my subjects. I’ve shot people in the past. … And I’ve always loved being in nature. And I had the idea for these psychedelic landscapes years ago, and I just (was) experimenting. It took, like, four years to figure out trying to make it look like it looks now. A lot of trial and error. … I finally figured it out about a year and a half ago, and so I was like, “OK, now, I need to go some places.”
— David Jasper, The Bulletin