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Beauty Within Death

Jul 4 12:00 AM - Jul 25 12:00 AM


Off Campus Exhibition

Fourteen30 Contemporary 1501 SW Market Street, Portland OR 97201

Graduate Exhibitions

Join us for Sydney Leja’s Low-Residency MFA thesis exhibition and presentation

Sydney Leja Beauty Within Death July 21-July 25 On view at Fourteen30 Contemporary 1501 SW Market Street, Portland OR 97201 Open by appointment only. To make arrangements please call or text 503.236.1430 or email

Beauty Within Death

Death: such an anticipated aspect of life. One might assume it would be embraced by your average American, yet it seems that many people within our society are disturbed by the thought of human bodies decomposing that steps are taken to prevent it completely. The most common forms of post-mortem body disposal are cremation and burial, which do nothing but cause damage to the earth’s ecosystem and pollute the environment. Perhaps a change is in order in which we reroute our thinking, embrace decay, and see the beauty of nature’s disposal system in a new light.

All Thesis presentations will take place at 2:30 PST the Friday of the exhibition via Zoom Join Zoom Meeting ID: 97383726648, Password: 157144, (US) +1 301-715-8592‬

Rooted in critical investigation and rigorous, self-disciplined creative practice, the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies program is ideal for motivated students who can work independently, who desire a flexible structure, and who are seeking the challenge and community of an immersive graduate program, inclusive of both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary practices with an international outlook.

Thank you to Fourteen30 Contemporary for their generous donation of gallery space and resources for our Thesis exhibitions: Fourteen30 Contemporary 1501 SW Market Street, Portland OR 97201

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