Natasha Bowdoin - In the Garden
Natasha Bowdoin: In the Garden
August 3 – September 7, 2013
July 19, 2013 – Natasha Bowdoin's exhibition "In the Garden" continues the artist's imaginative play with language and literature in her attempt to create new, unconventional ways of "seeing" important texts. Instead of using language as a fixed, traditional system of meaning, Natasha's free-flowing, organic forms open up possibilities of wonder to inspire a more vibrant, multi-layered experience of the authors' words. Natasha's artwork takes the form of delicate cut-paper works on paper and painted wall installations, assembled with an obsessive intensity and profound appreciation for literature and the natural world.
Natasha's upcoming exhibition at the gallery features two new recent series of work, Book of Nature and Flowers for Henry. Each of the pieces within the Book of Nature series transcribe text from Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings, which proposed that nature could be read and observed like the pages within a book. Within Untitled (Book of Nature 1) and Untitled (Book of Nature2), Bowdoin layers ribbons of hand-written text with cut-paper reliefs until an overall shape appears that echoes the form of her subject matter. A seemingly hybrid form of plant and animal, each piece come alive and invites the viewer to peer deep within. The Flowers for Henry series also pays homage to the beauty of nature, but it also recognizes the influences of Henry Darger, an important self-taught artist who created fantastical worlds within the paintings and drawings made in his Chicago apartment. Each of the flowers in the series honors Darger; all are based upon patterns found within his early watercolors.
Bowdoin received her BA from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) in visual arts and classical studies and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia, PA) with a concentration in painting. Natasha has completed residency programs at the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska, and most recently at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico. Bowdoin's work has been exhibited at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; Extraspazio, Rome; the University of Texas Visual Arts Center, Austin; The Cue Arts Foundation, New York, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The artist lives in Houston and works as an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Rice University.