LARGE SCALE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTWORKS BY MEG COWELL
Melbourne based artist, Meg Cowell- photographs undulating feminine garments in what appears to be a vacuum of infinite space. Rich in hue and excessive in their skirting, the dresses are handpicked for their unique and romantic character. Cowell’s exhibition, Deeper Water, presents a series of large-scale photographic works that illustrate this shift from garment to artefact. Through sophisticated direction Cowell creates vignettes of unique gowns, lingerie and couture as they bloom into new forms. Dresses appear flower-like, floating in an abyss. Cowell describes the satisfaction when clothing abandons its inanimate physicality for a sense of agency: “I think an image is successful when it shows metamorphosis. Good images require an imaginative collaboration from the viewer to interpret what they are seeing.”
The second chapter of the series features new work from Cowell; a sequence of youthful female bodies in contrast with cloth, flowers and liquids. For these Cowell has chosen garments that are strongly infused with nostalgia and melancholy, such as floating dresses with ruffled necklines and lacy shifts in antique silks. Through the suggestive, sensual qualities of these fabrics Cowell constructs a dream space of feminine fantasy and illusion.
While the work is full of a deep sensuality, the feeling is constantly in conflict with an incredible sense of coldness; haunted and haunting. Milky waters seem almost deathly cold, suggesting mortality- the goose-pimpled flower of youth and the sinking fog of eternity.
ABOUT MEG COWELL
Meg Cowell graduated with honours in photography from the University of Tasmania in 2007 and has since gone on to exhibit nationally and abroad. In 2013 Cowell was selected for the Flinders Lane Gallery emerging artists showcase and has since exhibited with them in several solo and group exhibitions, including the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair. In 2013 Cowell joined Dickerson Gallery in Sydney with an exhibition from her ongoing series. Works were purchased from the exhibition and now reside within the University of Western Sydney private Collection. Her work has also been shortlisted for prestigious prizes such as the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Award in Queensland, Manning Art Prize in New South Wales and the Sunshine Coast Art Prize in Queensland. In 2017 she will exhibit in solo exhibitions with The Perth Centre for Photography and Penny Contemporary in Hobart.
More of Meg's work can be seen at www.megcowell.com
MEG COWELL CURRICULUM VITAE
b. N.S.W, 1984
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016: Deeper Water, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2015: Selected Works, Alicante Fashion Week, Auditorium of the Provincial Council of Alicante, Spain
2014: The Sea, The Shore, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
2014: To the Surface, Penny Contemporary, Hobart
2013: To the Surface, Dickerson Gallery, Sydney
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016: Body of Evidence, Mulit-Media Exhibition, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide
2016: Discovery, Selected Artists, Western Sydney University Art Collection, Sydney
2015: Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2015: Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Gallery, Queensland
2015: The Restless Waves, Dickerson Gallery, Head On Festival, Sydney
2014: Melbourne Art Fair, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
University of Western Sydney Collection
City of Prospect Art Collection, Adelaide
Arts SA, State Administration Centre, Adelaide
2016 Red Gate Gallery Studio Residency, Beijing, Red Gate Gallery
2015 Finalist- Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2015 Finalist - Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Gallery, Queensland 2013 Finalist- Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert
2012 Finalist- Rome studio residency, (AEAF) the Helpmann Academy
2011 (January) IMP, Project Grant, Arts SA $1917.002011(August) IMP, Project Grant, Arts SA $2075.00
Meg Cowell is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne, Dickerson Gallery in Sydney, Penny Contemporary in Hobart and Gaffer Gallery in Hong Kong.