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Gallery Reception: BELOVED: THE EGG, THE CREATURE, THE WIND
February 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
BELOVED: THE EGG, THE CREATURE, THE WIND by Natalia Taylor Bowdoin
Gallery: The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Tuesday – Friday | 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – by appointment only (24 hours advanced notice required)
Exhibition Dates: January 11th, 2019 – March 1st, 2019
Opening Reception: February 1st, 2019 | 6 PM – 8 PM
Natalia Taylor Bowdoin was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and has been a resident of Augusta since July, 2007. She studied Environmental Art and Aesthetics and East Asian studies at Oberlin College, Ohio and holds graduate degrees from the University of Arizona and Indiana University. She is currently Associate Professor, Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies, and Library Collections Coordinator at the University of South Carolina Aiken. She also served as a Country Specialist on the Central African Republic (CAR) for the human rights organization, Amnesty International USA, from 2004-2017. Bowdoin served three and a half years in the CAR with the U.S. Peace Corps as a health educator in the early 1990’s. Religion, language, and animals have played important roles in Bowdoin’s life since childhood and she often integrates these themes into her paintings. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in South Carolina and Georgia.
This show, Beloved: The Egg, The Creature, The Wind was inspired by Bowdoin’s loss of her mother to lung cancer in 2016, a dear friend’s struggle with that same disease, and her own recent travels in the cancer landscape. These events, combined with her current reflections on Christian theological concepts and Buddhist teachings, form the backdrop of the current work which explores how the divine manifests in the creatures and world around us, in both unsettling and playful ways.
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