Meet the Artist: Justin Bowles

Meet Memphis 2020 artist Justin Bowles. Bowles has been creating works in paper for nearly a decade. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Kansas before relocating to Memphis in 2012 to earn her Master of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art. Her work is inspired by memories, both recent and distant. Time spent crafting with her grandmother, her childhood days playing in the woods of northwest Arkansas, as well as her travels as an adult, all inform the artist’s playful, sculptural works. Endlessly interested in process, Bowles delights in collecting various kinds of paper and discarded materials to incorporate in her installations.

In addition to producing large-scale installations, Bowles constructs elaborate, yet intimate three-dimensional paper floral arrangements. Somewhere between collage and sculpture, these floral assemblages are inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings.  In Vase of Flowers, Bowles decorates the interior of a teal, corrugated box with a diverse range of paper material.  Cardboard, notebook paper, and cupcake foils embellished with screen printing, sparkly pipe cleaners, and pom-poms constitute the colorful flowers which adorn a golden vase atop a checkered table.

Justin Bowles, Vase of Flowers in a Window, 2015; Gelato cup, cupcake papers and foils, dot matrix printer paper, crepe paper, wire, duct tape, shopping bag, colored theatre spike tape, tiny plastic fork, sea shell, chopsticks, sequins, colored brads, pipe cleaners, honeycomb tissue papers, pom-poms, cardboard and various papers (some screen printed and some painted): notebook, poster, gift wrap, Stonehenge, Canson, and acrylic paint, gel pen; Private collection

Posted by Kristen Rambo at 10:31 AM
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