Born in 1990, Noelle Pflanz is an artist based in Eugene, Oregon. Pflanz graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Printmaking in 2013 and an MFA from Washington State University in 2015 where she taught undergraduate printmaking. Most recently Pflanz has worked as the Office Coordinator for the University of Oregon Craft Center, corralling students into studios to explore multiple mediums and incorporate art practices as a means of mental and physical self-care.
Influenced by artists who found home in the western United States - from David Hockney and his Los Angeles pools to Etel Adnan’s Mount Tamalpais - Pflanz’s work explores images of landscapes by using flats of color with embroidery and painting. Though the landscapes are inspired by scenes of the Northwest and the Sierra Nevadas, the exact locations of the landscapes isn’t as important as the emotions when viewing an abridged abstract version of them. The warm color pallettes and the slight variation of each stitch allow for an intimacy between the place and the viewer. A similar intimacy that occurs when discovering the stillness in broad landscapes.