Claire Cowie
Unreliable Source
Drawings and Sculpture

May 2 - June 29, 2013

Claire Cowie
Claire Cowie’s Unreliable Source is an installation of new sculpture, works-on-paper, and photographs rooted in folklore and personal mythology. Through surreal and dreamlike imagery, this exhibit addresses issues of family, community and culture, and how we make meaning and understand the world. Can we trust what we know or what we are told? Is there any veracity to memory, and what if our memory has disappeared? How can we navigate the waters of this life? Her investigation has produced a multifaceted installation, dense and rich with complex references, including family photographs, African and Native American sculpture, and folktales. Fingers beckon from the walls of the gallery. Delicate washes of ink, watercolor with elements of collage upon paper speak to an imaginative narrative. Masks question who we are supposed to be. Like any good folktale, there are moments of darkness and elements of hope in this body of work. What gives the work its seductive power is that the story is left open for the viewer to construct his or her own narrative.

Claire Cowie attended both the North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC) and Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO). She received her MFA from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Cowie’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including shows at the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA), Takeda Biennial (Oaxaca, Mexico), Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), Frye Art Museum (Seattle, WA), Shenzhen Art Institute (Shenzhen, China), Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Lake Oswego, OR). Her work is included in the collections of the Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA), Safeco (Seattle, WA), and Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), among others.

Exhibition Images

Fall
Fall
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Witch
Witch
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Silence
Silence
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Outlaw
Outlaw
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Nest
Nest
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mask 5
Mask 5
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mask 4
Mask 4
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mask 3
Mask 3
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mask 2
Mask 2
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mask 1
Mask 1
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Theif
Thief
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Mother
Mother
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Forecast
Forecast
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Father
Father
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

  Spy no.1
Spy no.1
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Spy no. 2
Spy no. 2
archival inkjet print on matte paper

  Angel Oak
Angel Oak
archival inkjet print on matte paper
18 x 12 inches

  Bandit
Bandit
archival inkjet print on matte paper
18 x 12 inches

  Boresight
Boresight
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Defender
Defender
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Guard
Guard
archival inkjet print on matte paper

  Happy Couple
Happy Couple
archival inkjet print on matte paper
12 x 18 inches

  Martyr
Martyr
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Prey
Prey
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Protector
Protector
archival inkjet print on matte paper
13 x 10 inches

  Trickster
Trickster
archival inkjet print on matte paper

  Warrior
Warrior
archival inkjet print on matte paper

  Carin no.1
Cairn no.1
wood, leather, paper, ink and mixed media
84 x 22 x 14 inches

 
Mask no. 5 (Lizard)
papier - Mache, thread, fabric and acrylic
19 x 7 x 10 inches

 
Mask no. 4 (Cat)
papier - Mache, thread, fabric and acrylic
10 x 8 x 4 inches

 
Mask no. 3 (Alien)
papier - Mache, thread, fabric and acrylic
13 x 12 x 7 inches

 
Mask no. 2 (Monster)
papier - Mache, thread, fabric and acrylic
19 x 15 x 7 inches

 
Mask no. 1 (Tongue)
papier - Mache, thread, fabric and acrylic
72 x 10 x 7 inches

 
Collection 19
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 18
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 17
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 16
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 15
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 14
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 13
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 12
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 11
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 10
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 9
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 8
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 7
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 6
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 5
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 4
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 3
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 2
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

 
Collection 1
fabric, wire, leather, ink, acrylic and enamel

  Carin no. 2
Cairn no. 2
wood, leather, paper, ink and mixed media
56 x 14 x 14 inches

 
Finger 1
cast urethane resin and enamel

 
Fingerwall
cast urethane resin and enamel

 
Shapeshifter
ink and watercolor on paper
12 x 9 inches

 
Reflection
ink and watercolor on paper
9 x 7 inches