Lli Wilburn'sexhibition, Surrounded by Water is a collection of exquisitely executed mixed media drawings that incorporate ink, graphite and brush-applied fabric dye on small clayboard panels. This material allows the artist to cut away, patch and rebuild surface layers which she then overlays with delicate swaths of luminous color and crisp, fine line work, making each piece the result of an incredibly intricate process. Surrounded by Water documents the changing of seasons, urban industrial decay, and the artist’s own reacclimation to Portland after an eight-year stint in Pittsburgh. Wilburn is drawn to the beauty of the neglected view- rust-streaked bridge abutments, cracking concrete paths overgrown with brambles, disused factory structures and rain-swollen riverbanks- her works evoke the lure of crossing broken barriers and gaps in fences to reach the inaccessible vantage point. A number of the works are studies of a railroad bridge and flooded turnaround on Hayden Island Drive which she produced over the course of several months. The setting contains a subtle combination of urban and rural elements- in one piece, the dark outline of bare winter trees and the bridge’s struts stand out against a purple night sky. Distant city lights glow warmly in a narrow gap between bridge and ground. The scene is reflected in a large pool of water below. Wilburn’s interest in these settings and her concern for their impermanence compel her in the creation of these unique visual records.