Cowan will transform the Sadie Knowles gallery into a fantastic sequence of associative imagery, reminiscent of a dream. Upon entering the installation the viewer will certainly feel the effect of entering a different environment. “I expect to elicit feelings of either claustrophobia or coziness, depending on the disposition of the visitor,” said Cowan. The paintings included in the exhibition are a series of self-portraits. “I have completed these over the past year as a means of understanding my own state of mind. I take my influence for this style of painting from Frida Kahlo,” he added.
Cowan will paint the walls of the gallery in such a way that each piece will lead to the next. The images, colours, patterns and thoughts on the wall will enhance each of the paintings. The walls will not only support the art physically, but also artistically. Cowan said this about her installation piece: “A womb, a nest, a rabbit hole, I will make a dark little spot for my ideas and my art to live for as long as they are welcome, and you can come and see.”
Cowan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She also studied at Kwame Nkrumah University – College of Art, Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa and Kyoto City University of the Arts, Kyoto, Japan. Cowan has had solo exhibitions in Sarnia, Toronto and Halifax as well as being included in many group exhibitions and video screenings in Sarnia, Toronto, Halifax, Kyoto, Japan and San Jose, Costa Rica.