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Natasha Bowdoin
updated: 03/06/2011
website: www.natashabowdoin.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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The Daisy Argument (View of Wall 1 and Wall 2)
The Daisy Argument (Detail Views)
The Daisy Argument (Installation View)
Contrariwise
Implausible Tiger
Dreamtiger1
Dreamtiger 3
Untitled (Alice) - Installation at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
I want to live on an abstract plane
See in my face, I'll travel through space
I will be fervent, I'll be observant
I am a sun in the morning, I am a dog at night
Paper Tiger
Installation Shot
Water Fable
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, language, nature, pattern, organic, craft, collage, obsessive, text, spiritual
 
 
The Daisy Argument (View of Wall 1 and Wall 2) by Natasha Bowdoin
The Daisy Argument (View of Wall 1 and Wall 2)
Gouache, ink, and graphite on cut paper
2011
Dimensions variable
The Daisy Argument (Detail Views) by Natasha Bowdoin
The Daisy Argument (Detail Views)
Gouache, ink, and graphite on cut paper
2011
Dimensions variable
The Daisy Argument (Installation View) by Natasha Bowdoin
The Daisy Argument (Installation View)
Gouache, ink, and graphite on cut paper
2011
Dimensions variable
Contrariwise by Natasha Bowdoin
Contrariwise
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
96 " x  96 "  x 2 " 
Implausible Tiger by Natasha Bowdoin
Implausible Tiger
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
60 " x  84 "  x 2 " 
Dreamtiger1 by Natasha Bowdoin
Dreamtiger1
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
24 " x  24 "  x 2 " 
Dreamtiger 3 by Natasha Bowdoin
Dreamtiger 3
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
24 " x  24 "  x 2 " 
Untitled (Alice) - Installation at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI by Natasha Bowdoin
Untitled (Alice) - Installation at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Pencil on cut paper
2008 - Present
Dimensions variable
I want to live on an abstract plane by Natasha Bowdoin
I want to live on an abstract plane
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
30 " x  44 " 
See in my face, I'll travel through space by Natasha Bowdoin
See in my face, I'll travel through space
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
30 " x  44 " 
I will be fervent, I'll be observant by Natasha Bowdoin
I will be fervent, I'll be observant
Pencil, gouache, and ink on cut paper
2010
30 " x  44 " 
I am a sun in the morning, I am a dog at night by Natasha Bowdoin
I am a sun in the morning, I am a dog at night
Cut cards and gouache on paper and wood
2006
36" x  54"  x 9" 
Paper Tiger by Natasha Bowdoin
Paper Tiger
Cut cards and gouache on paper and wood
2007
71" x  62"  x 10" 
Installation Shot by Natasha Bowdoin
Installation Shot
Mixed media
2007
0" x  0" 
Water Fable by Natasha Bowdoin
Water Fable
Pencil on cut paper
2007
157 " x  195 "  x 2 " 

Artist Statement

 “In the old, old days, before Columbus discovered us, as they say, we were even closer to the animals than we are now. Animals could change themselves into people, and people into animals. It was a time when the earth was not yet finished. In these far-gone days there lived a rabbit - a very lively, playful, good-hearted rabbit. One day this rabbit was walking, enjoying himself, when he came across a clot of blood. How it got there, nobody knows. It looked like a blister, a little bladder full of red liquid. Well, the playful rabbit began toying with the clot of blood, kicking it around as if it were a tiny ball. Now, we believe in Takuskanskan, the mysterious power of motion. Its spirit is in anything that moves. It animates things and makes them come alive. Well, the rabbit got into this strange kind of moving power without even knowing it, and the motion of being kicked around, or rather the spirit of the motion- and I hope you can grasp what I mean by that- began to work on that little blob of blood so that it took shape, forming a little gut. The rabbit kicked it some more, and the blob began to grow tiny hands and arms. The rabbit kept nudging it, and suddenly it had eyes and a beating heart. In this way the rabbit, with the help of the mysterious moving power, formed a human being, a little boy. The rabbit called him We-Ota-Wichasha, Much-Blood Boy, but he is better known as Rabbit Boy.”  (Story told in White River Sioux Tribe).                

The idea that nothing is contained within its physical boundary, but has the potential to transform and remain in flux with its environment, is what the story of Rabbit Boy conveys. The possibility to still remain in awe of the creational powers of nature, to feel humbled by these forces in the midst of a technological world, is an idea I wish to recover in my work. A tree can have eyes, a girl can be a mountain, a buffalo can move like the sea. The possibility for interrelationships and connection can only shed more light on how we understand ourselves in regards to the world around us.                                     

Artist Bio / CV

b. 1981, Kennebunk, ME                                                EDUCATION                                                                             2007 M.F.A. Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Rome,Italy  2003 B.A. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 Implausible Tiger, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

2011 The Dasiy Argument, Visual Arts Center, University of  Austin, TX

2008 Panta Rei, Extraspazio Gallery, Rome, Italy

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, Portland, ME (catalogue)

2010 Girls Just want to have funds, PPOW Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Art on paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition, Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC (catalogue)

2010 A Torrent of Words: Contemporary Art and Language, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2010 Core Resident Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX (catalogue)

2009 Toil and Trouble, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX

2009 Core Resident Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

2009 Rich Text, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008 Paper[space], The Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2008 2007 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Recipient Show, The Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY (catalogue)

2008 Myhs and Fables: Alexander DeMaria and Natasha Bowdoin, Julie Chae Gallery, Boston, MA

2007 The Fluid Field: Abstraction and ReferenceTyler Gallery, Elkins Park, PA, Curated by Dona Nelson, (catalogue)

 

AWARDS/HONORS/RESIDENCIES

2012 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, Omaha, NE (forthcoming)

2008-10 The Core Program Residency, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

2007  Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant Recipient

 

ARCHIVES/COLLECTIONS

2010 Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX

2007 Carlo Berardi Collection, London, England


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2011 Wendy Vogel, "Artist Interview," ...Might Be Good E-Journal, February 2011.

2011 Robert Faires, "Natasha Bowdoin: The Daisy Argument,"  Austin Chronicle, February 2011. 

2011 Douglas Britt, "A Literary Vision: The Tale of the Tiger," Houston Chronicle, January 2011. 

2010 Meghan Hendley, Interview, "The Front Row," KUHF Radio, Houston, TX, April 5th, 2010. 

2008 Holzer, Stacey, "Redefining Language," 

www.visualseen.intuiwebsites.com, March 2009.