Smart, witty, wickedly talented, enormously generous and a serious fireball of energy. Those are a but few words that come to mind when we think of Gene Gentry McMahon. She has been working on and around the Duwamish River for years both as an artist and an activist. Gene has deep roots in Seattle, having lived here most (or all) of her life. Her participation in the residency the past couple of years has offered a depth of knowledge and experience that has deepened our sense of purpose. Her quiet leadership gives us hope that some day we will know this place all the way down to our bones, just like she does.
Here are Gene's picks and words:
This is one of many sites I loved for the 'scenic' quality. The possibilities for exploration are seemingly endless, as each repeated visit to a sight yields new material. My photos at this sight are very different than last years take.
This is just a sample of the outfalls I photographed this summer. Outfalls interest me both visually and symbolically, as they continue to pollute our river and bay in spite of the ongoing cleanup efforts.
Gene Gentry McMahon received her Master of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Washington. Since then her work has been exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Palm Springs Desert Museum, and numerous NW galleries.
In addition to studio work, she has created numerous public art projects. Her best known piece is the large mural in the Westlake Station Metro Tunnel. The exhibit, “Water Watching: Puget Sound and the Duwamish River,” which opened in 2011, at the Seattle Aquarium, was created with the support of individual artist grants from 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
She has taught and lectured throughout the Pacific Northwest at venues including the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, the School of Visual Concepts, Bellevue College and Lakeside School. She is a founding member of Seattle Print Arts, and currently serves on the advisory board of On the Boards, Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance.