Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Natasha Bowdoin

Houston, TX
May - July, 2012

Natasha Bowdoin meticulously constructs layers of cut paper into text culled from various literary sources, often classic literature, such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jorge Borges’ Dreamtigers and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Beyond simple recontextualization, Bowdoin uses language to create pictures of words through interwoven transcriptions, breaking apart and reconfiguring these iconic texts into free flowing rhythms. Using found text as an organic raw material Bowdoin aspires to an art that is physically and conceptually permeable, an experience of text liberated from language's usual structural expectations. The ritual of transcription reveals hidden interpretations and experiences of text that celebrate the unpredictable presence words might manifest.

Bowdoin received her MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA and Rome, Italy in 2007. She received her BA from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA in visual arts and classical studies in 2003 and completed studies at the Slade School of Art, London England in 2002. Natasha completed a residency with the Core Program, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX from 2008-10. Her work as been exhibited nationally and internationally at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY; Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX; Extraspazio, Rome, Italy; the University of Texas Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX; the Cue Arts Foundation, New York, NY; the Weatherspooon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI. Bowdoin was also the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2007. She was born and raised in Kennebunk, ME, and currently lives and works in Houston, TX.

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