Caroline Bowles

Artist Statement

My work is mainly figurative and embodied in nature with free flowing abstracted elements. I use multiple layers of wet and dry drawing and painting media: ink, acrylic paint washes, charcoal, graphite and aquarelle pastels on large canvases and wooden boards, sometimes with audio or video elements.

I find myself reimaging figurative and abstract postures which express something of the nuances of movement, fluidity and power held in the human frame.

The embodied act of painting, touching in just enough to capture the figure in movement, allowing them to emerge on the canvas until they are barely visible, keeps these images gestural, active and authentic. Through painting and drawing I explore visual expressions of the beauty of enacted truth in gesture, movement and temporality.

The results of this experience are not only physical forms expressed on paper and canvas but it also points to the wider experience of embodiment which reveals some of the multifaceted hues of our human experience, moment by moment, gesture by gesture.

The dramatic figures in the work of Francis Bacon, Julien Benhamou and Paula Rego as well as the abstract movement of Judith Godwin and Zao Wou-Ki, all inspire my work.


Membership: Backwater Artist Network
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