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Scarlett Bowman’s work addresses material culture and modern craft. Her approach is directed through craft and industry where she takes mundane, everyday materials and re- contextualises them to remove their intended use, instead creating a new, tactile and aesthetic appeal.
Medium has always been at the core of Scarlett’s practice. The artist expresses her concerns and anxieties through materials, where the readymade has both physical and psychological connotations. By repurposing materials, she wishes to address our dependence on various modes of production and industrial processes, ones of which the consumer is often unaware. Their once utilitarian value becomes more symbolic, inviting us to think about the complex processes behind the development of a raw material into its final form. To consider notions of abundance, banality, process, labour, dependency, industrialisation, consumption and fetishism.
Scarlett’s media selection is based on her collection of working materials, such as removal blankets, J cloths, sponges, and debris netting. By focusing on the physical experience of handling these materials, through traditional approaches of assemblage, casting, collage, and stitch, she is able to create dialogues between mediums. Incorporating old and new materials, recycling them into works creates a sense of the unexpected. There is playful approach to her practice, a sense of humour in the way that materials designed for specific purposes can be totally stripped of their primary function, naked outside of their natural habitat. Now purely materials.
Scarlett has exhibited her work as part of group, duo and solo shows at various stages of her creative progression. Her early, soft work series have developed into the hard, gesmonite pieces on which her practice is now concentrated. Scarlett exhibited her composite works at Hyperion during Frieze New York with MTArt and has exhibited at Fold Gallery and Soho Review, amongst others.
Scarlett is currently working to expand her practice, incorporating new materials from her travels and research into her work. Carrying out residencies, such as her upcoming project with Thread in Senegal, she is able to mix elements from different cultures, backgrounds and origins into her pieces and push the boundaries of the material culture she questions.
Experimentation is key to the development of Scarlett’s practice. Her targeted research projects are aimed to take her work in specific directions and expand her material usage down sectors pertaining to particular industries, cultures and countries of her creative choice. Different norms and approaches to acquiring materials and assessing aesthetics challenge and further her practice, merging culture and creativity in communion within her works.
Aesthetica Magazine, 19th May 2016
Hyperion took place during Frieze New York 2016 in central Manhattan, in a vast building by Union Square. Aiming to react against the white-walls and shop-front art fair displays with an innovative curation lead by a core of #MTArt artists, the exhibition encompassed multiple artistic voices of our generation: including 3D printing, installations and immersive projects. We catch up with Scarlett Bowman, one of the multimedia artists involved. ...
Happening, 26th May 2015
Whilst London-based fledgling fairs Art 15 and Photo London took center stage this week in the British capital, alongside, a whole host of off-site programming, exhibitions and new galleries were just begging to be discovered.
Photo London, in its first edition at Somerset House, scheduled an impressive, yet little-publicized public program including talks, book signings, ...
PETRIe Inventory, 19th May 2015
Tuesday 19th May, London's avant-garde Soho Revue opened the doors to its latest aesthetic delight, the Rubber Soul exhibition. Displaying the tantalisingly tactile creations of London-based artists Georgina Hodgsonand Scarlett Bowman, Rubber Soul invites its viewers into an undiscovered world of materiality. ...
Born 1985 in London. Lives and works in London
2014 || Chelsea College of Art, UK MA Fine Art
2012 || City & Guilds of London Art School, UK Foundation Diploma Art & Design
2004 || University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK BA Classics
2015 || Dysfunctional Alterations, Balzer Projects, curated by Dr Isabel Balzer, Basel, Switzerland
2015 || Rubber Soul, Soho Revue, London, UK
2017 || Love in a Cold Climate, The Dot Project, London, UK
2017 || Stuff, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London, UK
2016 || Fold Gallery, curated by Kim Savage, London, UK
2016 || Hyperion, 119 E 17th Street, curated by MTArt, New York, USA
2015 || Fragments of, MC Motors, curated by Marine Tanguy, London, UK
2015 || Office Sessions IV, 40 Beak Street, curated by Adam Zoltowski, London, UK
2015 || What Is The Point?, The Mall Galleries, London, UK
2015 || Chelsea Salon, Penarth Studios, curated by Joshua Y’Barbo, London, UK
2015 || Nothing Perishes, Soho Revue, curated by Victoria Williams, London, UK
2014 || MA Intro Exhibition, Cook House Gallery, London, UK
2014 || Illuminating The Future, Christie’s in association with The Old Vic, London, UK
2013 || OPEN 2013, BOHUNK INSTITUTE, Nottingham, UK
2015 || SOHO REVUE Newspaper, Issue #2
2015 || SOHO REVUE Newspaper, Issue #1
2014 || ART HABENS Art Review
2015 || SOHO HOUSE GROUP
2016 || Shortlisted for The Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London, UK