Elizabeth Leach Gallery
   Artists       Exhibitions       Search       Subscribe       News       About       Contact       Home   
formatting formatting

 


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

 
 

 
 

 

 Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503.224.0521

  Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Instagram  

PADA - Portland Art Dealers Association   ADAA

 
Mobile Version

ManagedArtwork.com