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Claire Cowie
Pilgrimage

New work

May 6 - May 29, 2010
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Claire Cowie’s Pilgrimage is a collection of images from her own personal experiences: relics of the secular pilgrimage that is her life. The drawings included in the exhibition represent moments, objects, relationships, and personalities that have helped her along her path, serving as anchors and guideposts, connecting her to something larger. Cowie finds spirituality in making things; as she says: “I look for reassurance, forgiveness, healing, calm and explanation in my artwork.” For this exhibition, the drawings will range in size from 2 x 2” to 24 x 30”, and will be encased in found frames of different sizes and shapes, all repainted black. The work will be exhibited salon style, presented in a way that emulates the arrangement of objects in one’s home, displaying memorabilia and meaningful images of family, friends, and experiences, ultimately acting as a kind of shrine.

Seattle-based Claire Cowie was shortlisted for the First Annual Contemporary Northwest Art Award in 2007, and has exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, as well as several other institutions nationally.


Exhibition Images

Adam Smith
Adam Smith
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
8.5 x 8.5 inches

 
 
Grandma Mary
Grandma Mary
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
9.5 x 7.5 inches

 
 
Hanging
Hanging
India ink on paper with found frame
6.75 x 11.75 inches

 
 
Dead Rat
Dead Rat
Sumi color on paper with found frame
7.5 x 9.5 inches

 
 
Church Fire
Church Fire
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
9.25 x 7.5 inches

 
 
Anne_s Ganesh
Anne's Ganesh
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
8.5 x 8 inches

 
 
Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning
Sumi color on paper with found frame
9 x 7 inches

 
 
Black Orchid
Black Orchid
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
9.5 x 6.5 inches

 
 
Grandpa John
Grandpa John
Sumi color on paper with found frame
4 x 4 inches

 
 
Conversation
Conversation
Sumi color and India Ink on paper with found frame
2.75 x 5.75 inches

 
 

 
 

 

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