Pacific Motel, 2012

SOIL Gallery

December 5 - 29, 2012

Collaborative Exhibition with Maggie Carson Romano


Pacific Motel is a collaboration between artists Serrah Russell and Maggie Carson Romano. They began this collaboration by assembling their common interests and embarking on a trip to a roadside motel for the weekend. Once there, they commenced explorations of the interiors and exteriors of their shared space. Intertwining their approaches to memory and experience, together they gathered source material for works each would make upon return to their respective cities of Seattle and New York.

In Pacific Motel, their individual works surface together in an intricate cluster of remnants. The material they gathered echoes back and forth in collages of recalled experiences taking form in object, image, space and sound. Their motel room is recalled through varied reconstructions that seek comfort through heightened sterility. Meanwhile, natural elements mimicked within their room persistently exert their presence in quietly intrusive ways. Emergent loss, contained growth, inversion and erasure are all at play within this duet where nothing is truly as it seems.

As part of Pacific Motel, the artists published a limited edition collection of their photographic materials that is currently available for purchase from the artist. 



Jen Graves | The Stranger, December 2012

Amanda Manitach | Visual Art Source, December 2012

Totokaelo Art+Object, December 2012

Daily Candy, Seattle, December 2012

Jen Graves | The Stranger Suggests, December 2012 

Seattle Met Magazine, December 2012

Totokaelo Art+Object, October 2013