ABOUT JAILBREAK STUDIOS
910 SE TAYLOR STREET PORTLAND, OR
OPEN FRIDAY 1PM-6PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11AM-6PM
JAILBREAK is an art studio, gallery, resource center, and storefront showcasing new work created by local Black and Indigenous people of color, LGBTQIA+, and female emerging artists. Our brick & mortar is built on land stolen from the Chinook, Cowlitz, and Clackamas Tribes.
JAILBREAK is the transformation of Jailhouse Studios, a female-run creative workspace since 2011, named after the history of the building. In the early 1900's, the building was erected for the Southeast Portland Police department to stable their horses.
We are a cooperative of Portland-based BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female emerging artists dedicated to elevating historically underrepresented voices and empowering our art practice through patronage, mentorship, and education at our gallery, store, and online platform.
Our vision is to work together to:
■ Grow the value of our own stories to solidify our voices as a pillar in the art world.
■ Challenge everyone to evolve their taste and support the politics they believe in.
■ Develop an equitable platform where artists reap the benefits of their own creativity.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
(she/her) Proudly representing her Oregon roots here in Portland, Oregon since 2006. Inspired by her rainy bike commutes over the many bridges of Portland, she started creating a series of large urban landscape paintings. This series was the beginning of her fascination with weather, architectural landscapes, and bridges.
Finding joy in the physicality of large-scale painting, she began her mural career in 2011. Painting any walls and odd spaces she could find. This inspiration from her environment created an obsession with travel early in Ursula’s career. She lived in South America, traveled to all 50 states, visited Europe many times, and was awarded a mural grant to live in Mexico in 2016. Travel has become and will continue to be the backbone of her process.
In recent years, Ursula has also grown to work and collaborate with talented local designers, manufacturers, and small businesses, expanding her UB product line illustrating urban landscapes and creating accessible and sustainable products. In December 2018, this ongoing collaboration helped Ursula create Jailbreak Studios, an artist-run collective. Offering studio space, a gallery, resource center, and a storefront promoting locally made artwork, unique objects, handmade jewelry, home goods, and apparel created by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female emerging artists. Through Jailbreak Studios, Ursula continues to push freedom of thought and creativity, with the collaboration and support of other talented creatives.
ZoeApothic (she/her) was born from a desire to create integrative wellness for my son on the autism spectrum. It was also created as a natural way to enhance our family's overall well-being so that we could be an effective, healthy, and whole family during times of stress.
Here at ZoeApothic, we want you to know that we hand-pour and hand-blend many of our own products in small batches in Portland, Oregon using artisanal methods. We are strong believers in using and sourcing natural ingredients for our products. We strive to ensure that our products are free of parabens, that they are cruelty-free and are scented with essential oils and/or phthalate-free, fragrance oils. Our main goal at ZoeApothic, is to create products that help to elevate your physical, emotional, and mental health.
(they/them) A bold pop of color brightens up greyscale interior dream-like spaces, merging mid-century modern and contemporary design. Crisp, clean, black lines and negative space work together to form figurative illustrations of cool, stylish women. In these pieces, I often explore “queering” the male gaze with interpretations of vintage lesbian pulp covers and fashion photography.
Art is my way of both escaping from and feeling connected to the world. In 2019, I started doodling on my iPad. I carried this infinite canvas and digital ink everywhere, drawing bold flash tattoo-like flowers, hands, faces, as well as still-life scenes of house plants on windowsills.
I began drawing more seriously as a practice with the vague and distant dream of tattooing. My hobby has quickly blown up into something bigger than I have ever dreamed of, and nothing brings me more joy than seeing my art out in the world. My work is heavily inspired by my love for design, architecture, and music. Each piece is named after a song, usually one of heavy rotation while I create. My biggest art influences are Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Roy Litchenstein, Patrick Nagel, John Waters, and Man Ray.
Megan Brevig & Trish Boyle
Baby Dear Harvest
Baby Dear Harvest is the brain child of Megan Brevig (she/her) and Trish Boyle (they/them), two friends who met at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. Bonding over a mutual fascination with taxidermy eyeballs and a morbid sense of humor, the two quickly joined forces and merged their craftsmanship and aesthetic voices. Since 2018 Baby Dear harvest has developed into a project that often merges conceptual art with wearable pieces. In the spirit of creating jewelry that inspires us, Baby Dear Harvest seeks to blur the distinctions of the gender binary with our jewelry while gleefully taking references from both low and high brow interests.
(she/her) I find images from books and magazines, cut or rip out the pages and make a new image with what I’ve found. The collages I make are surreal, and sometimes abstract. My subject matter varies greatly. In a way I’m at the mercy of the source material, it’s very difficult for me to make a collage with a specific vision or subject in mind and this constraint has freed me to make so much more than I could ever have imagined. With these pieces of paper I can control everything, I can forget about the rest of the world for a moment and be peaceful.
I don’t know what inspires me. I definitely am fascinated with music and its ability to transport the listener to a different time and space and I feel transported when I see a beautiful collage. Collage is beautiful. There would probably be no collages without music.
I try not to think when I make collages, it’s nice to make collages with music or a podcast in the background and this helps me not over think what I’m doing. The main things I allow myself to consider are colour palette and balance. The fun and accessibility of collage-making keeps me making new art.
I have many hobbies. For the past few years, I have been learning French and more recently I have been learning Norwegian. I like to sing and listen to music. My family moved to the U.S in 1991 and my husband and I have been living in Portland for 11 years. I’m originally from the U.K and have always been drawn to the arts. Before I collaged I painted, before I painted I drew pictures and was into acting. I always knew it was more of a matter of declaring myself to be an artist. Sometimes I forget and my daughter will tell me “You’re an artist!” And I’m like “yes! Yes I am!” I never wanted to do anything else.
Tenya Rodriguez (they/them) has no academic training and is a self taught artist. The art made from Tenya is often produced from a custodial closet while in between their job as a custodian at OHSU. Other larger pieces are made in their apartment with the keen eye of an onlooker cat. Their art has no planning and comes from a place of imagination not known until it is made and on the surface. It can be messy, outside of the coloring lines, a collage of items come down from the astral plane of the painting mind. Tenya Rodriguez currently has a large mural in the offices of RACC located in downtown Portland Oregon 411 NW Park Avenue, Suite 101
Marissa Avila (she/her) is a self-taught multi-media artist with experience in resin art, jewelry design, candlemaking, collage, leatherwork, and painting.
When she’s not creating, she’s cultivating plants, mushrooms, worms, and a mean kombucha. She finds inspiration in her Mexican heritage and in the inherent magic of handmade objects and art.
Jonathan Hanisits Jonhan Creative
Jonathan (he/him) is a queer screenprinter that is curious about the ever-changing world around him, and the expectation to keep up. He is a founding member of the Artist Collective Jailbreak Studios, and serves as President of the Board of the member-run Printmaking studio Flight64. His work is inspired by pop culture, the queer experience, and the emerging importance and influence of technology in our everyday lives. His work leans towards brightness and vibrancy. He is forever fascinated by the process of human robotization, and the challenge of disconnection in our media-heavy world.
Carla Deal (she/her) is a multimedia artist, triple water sign, and founding member of Jailbreak Studios, based in Portland, Oregon. Her recent artwork has contemplated glowing color relationships observed in the local landscape translated into paintings, drawings, and works on paper. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010.
Stacey Lynn (she/her) is a locally based queer female artist/metalsmith. She designs and fabricates wearable sculptures by hand using a variety of tools, techniques, and experimental processes. Stacey was creatively expressive at a young age, falling deeply in love with art (specifically B&W photography) in high school, and went on to study photography in college in Madison, WI. Although her journey in the arts began in childhood, it was significantly accelerated in high school. Her brilliant art teacher had a huge impact on her life and future creative endeavors. He opened her eyes to the big, beautiful world of art. She is still in contact with him and is very grateful for his mentorship during those formative years. In college, she discovered her love and connection to metalwork in a metalsmithing class, and through this, she recognized that she had found her place in the world.
Her unique, well-built pieces are handcrafted in her home studio in SE Portland. The materiality of her work varies from gold, sterling silver, brass, and stone to found objects. Her pieces are brought to life using various processes to polish, etch, stain, and manipulate metal giving her pieces depth and dimension.
Nature and organic beings are some of her main sources of influence. Architecture, music, and fashion are just a few other avenues that guide her. Stacey spent over six years living and adventuring in Yosemite National Park which in turn provided her with a strong family of friends & a never-ending fountain of inspiration. When she is feeling disconnected she can look to the Sierras to ground her. She soaks up joy wherever she can find it and puts it back into the world by infusing her work with love and gratitude. Bringing light into someone’s life with her work nourishes her in a way nothing else can. Connecting with people via art is what drives and motivates her to create and operate authentically.
We are so proud of the community of artists and teachers involved in JAILBREAK and we hope we continue to have the space to provide a platform for underrepresented emerging artists in Portland. You can support JAILBREAK and this community of artists by purchasing work on our new online shop.
ARTISTS AT JAILBREAK
Proudly representing her Oregon roots here in Portland, Oregon, Ursula graduated in 2010 with a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. She then created a series of large paintings inspired by her rainy bike commutes over the many bridges of Portland. This series was the beginning of her fascination with weather, architectural landscapes, and bridges.
In 2011 she founded Jailhouse Studios, a female run creative work space and gallery named after the history of the building, which was erected in 1905 for the Southeast Portland Police. This same year was the beginning of her mural career.
Finding joy in the physicality of large-scale painting, she began to paint any walls and odd spaces she could find. This inspiration from her environment created an obsession with travel early in Ursula’s career. She lived in South America, traveled all 50 states, visited architecture in Europe and was awarded a mural grant to live in Mexico in 2016. Travel has become and will continue to be the backbone of her process.
In recent years, Ursula has also grown to work and collaborate with talented local designers, manufacturers and small businesses, expanding her UB product line illustrating urban landscapes and creating accessible and sustainable products. In December 2018, this ongoing collaboration helped Ursula transform Jailhouse Studios into Jailbreak Studios, an art studio, gallery, resource center and storefront promoting locally made unique objects, handmade jewelry, home goods and apparel created by people of color, queer, and female emerging artists. Through Jailbreak Studios, Ursula continues to push freedom of thought and creativity with the collaboration and support of other creatives.
To view Ursula's work, visit: ursulabarton.com