Statement for the Rogue Gallery and Art Center

February 2012

Eileen M. Bowie

In the beginning came the Bosch-inspired pieces. 

Hieronymus Bosch lived centuries before the Surrealists and the Movement and his paintings did not overtly pronounce an obsession with inspired spontaneity or obsession with subconscious thought.  However, the implied existence of other-worldly dimensions in his work motivates me even now. 

The Day of the Dance taps into my supra-consciousness, created after a visit to Oaxaca, Mexico.  The Lobe series continues to explore the imagery of possible-real forms of mind, time and space.  These were completed in the mid-2000s.

The past two years have presented an opportunity for me in a number of ways:

·         I am recycling many of the 4’ x 4’ paintings from my BFA Thesis Show at Southern Oregon University in 1999.  It has freed my process, in part because of the large format and because the surface is already prepared. 

·         The pieces I am reworking contain the past and keep the reference to a surreal existence that is more appropriate to my present circumstance and state of mind.

·         Current issues in my life that are big struggles provide me with fodder for my personal “human condition.”  This may allow my subconscious to conjure imagery that speaks to extreme contrasts, a fight between light and dark, good and evil, and Heaven and Hell and all that, which were present long ago and are pronounced again and again.

Janet Higgins’ article about me for the Grants Pass Museum of Art newsletter nicely sums up a generic who I am and where I’ve been, because inquiring minds want to know.  It follows for your reading pleasure.

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