“Of Dust” – Exhibition at the Daiwa Foundation

Works from the second phase of my residency opened recently at the Daiwa Foundation, London – the exhibition entitled, “Of Dust”, comprised small-scale pieces which both draw together threads of ideas and experiment with processes which have been touched on in my previous postings. Images of the “Okoshi-ezu”, or folding teahouse designs, were transposed onto lacquered papers using different photographic and print processes. In the accompanying publication of the same title, V&A curator (Print), Tim Travis writes… “Bowen’s principal medium is drawing and the next (final) stage of the process brought her back full circle to the primary act of mark-making by touch – but with refinement. The surfaces are dusted with powdered gold, silver, mica or pigment which was then carefully and gradually brushed away and burnished to varying degrees. Dull when first applied, the powders brightened as they were caressed by the same soft brushes which were also gently removing them to reveal images made up of the residue. The process recalls the mysterious way that a photograph materialises in a tray of fluid in a darkened room as the result of invisible chemical reactions or a new atoll slowly breaks the ocean surface after centuries of unseen industry by coral insects in conditions of submarine twilight.” The publication, “Of Dust,” which includes the full text of Tim Travis’s essay is available from Northern Print (enquiry@northernprint.org.uk). “Of Dust”, the Daiwa Foundation, London, September 2008 “Of Dust”, the Daiwa Foundation, London, September 2008 “Of Dust”, the Daiwa Foundation, London, September 2008 “Of Dust”, the Daiwa Foundation, London, September 2008

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