Originally from a small town, Andromyda Wagenman started making art as an outlet to relieve stress. Now a student at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, she still views her art as an outlet; however, it has evolved from doodles to much bigger pieces.
Andromyda grew up in Idaho, where an unstable home life left her doubting herself. “Both in my art and the world, I was uncomfortable…[Portland has] stimulated me in new ways, artistically and personally. It’s a supportive place.”
The influence of the city is evident in Andromyda’s work. “Portland has a unique energy. People work hard here. People support each other within their communities. There’s lots of great food here, and the people are awesome.” It’s that acceptance and hospitality that shine in her art and helped her overcome her self-doubt.
“Both in my art and the world, I was uncomfortable…[Portland has] stimulated me in new ways, artistically and personally. It’s a supportive place.”
For her newest piece, a downtown billboard at Southwest Tenth and Alder Street, Andromyda reflected on qualities that make her city great. “I was ideating things that I thought about Portland. I thought about how exciting and colorful it was. I thought of the nature here, and [how it mixed] into the city. [I thought] about the landmarks I know and love, like Mount Hood and the Hawthorne Bridge.”
Artistically, Andromyda hopes to have more work in public areas, for anyone to see. Portland is home. “I hope [others] just see Portland as somewhere that’s alive, because that’s how it feels to me.”