Spaces both Real and Imagined: Paintings by Margaret Bowes
Margaret Bowes, our featured artist for today, uses her artwork in a unique exploration of spaces both real and imagined, and our relationships to those spaces.
Working primarily in painting, Margaret crafts exquisite images that evoke feelings of familiarity and a certain, poignant lonesomeness. These are not all happy places, though some of them are serene enough to capture the viewer in a meditative state. They read almost as portraits of places, capturing a tone and an atmosphere more than trying to be a specific document of an area. Some scenes are devoid of life while others are populated with ethereal human figures – in one painting, we see only the feet of the subject, as though we are seeing through that person’s eyes and becoming both the viewer and the subject at once.
I am particularly drawn to the line motif that recurs in several of the works on Margaret portfolio (www.margaretbowes.com) Straight-ruled, red diagonal lines, completely at odds with the rest of the scene, cut across the canvas and form strange, false horizons along which we get a changed view of the image.