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Scholarly Interest Report
Natasha Bowdoin
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Visual and Dramatic Arts
  • M.F.A. Painting and Drawing (2007) Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA and Rome, Italy
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate Painting (2005) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • B.A. Painting and Classics, Double Major, Magna cum laude (2003) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
  • Undergraduate Affiliate Study Program Painting (2002) Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London, Englad
Primary Department
   Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
Department Affiliations
  • Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
    Research Areas
     Painting, Drawing, Collage, Sculpture, and Installation

    Artist Statement 


    My organic paper sculptures and installations examine the intersection of the literary and visual world. My work incorporates layered and interwoven texts pulled from a variety of literary sources, including Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Jorge Borges' Collected Works, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass to name a few. Dissecting, fracturing, and reconfiguring these iconic texts into loose, free flowing rhythms, I seek to iberate the word from the page and create a new experience of text for the reader and viewer alike. I use these passages as my raw material, creating pictures of words, channeling the psychic shape of an overall text as opposed to directly representing content or meaning. As a result, I hope to open the work and its textual source up for multipleinterpretations, celebrating language as more of a primordial event than a codified system.

    I grew up in Southern Maine. Born to a family of lobstermen and stonemasons, I spent many of my early days either on the water or in the woods. Built from these early experiences the influence of the nature still holds great sway within my artistic practice today. The natural world isn't overtly my subject, but its principles govern the way my work develops. Pushing the boundaries between drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, my work grows instinctively through the accumulation of layers of drawn and cut paper. Some pieces end up referencing more traditional painterly formats while other works take on a more sculptural presence where site-specificity and ephemerality are both embraced. These site-specific installations are composed of an ever-changing number of drawn components that are assembled into new formations in response to each new architectural environment. The constant dissolution and reformation of the drawings allows the piece to transform over time, resisting any one fixed state or size.

    Teaching Areas
     Painting, Drawing, and Special Topics
    Selected Publications

    David, Amy ""Inspired by classical literature and botanical drawings, artist Natasha Bowdoin creates multi-gallery exhibition at VisArts." RVA Magazine (January 2017)


    Messina, Melissa "Lunar Spring." Exhibition catalogue (January 2017)


    C. Bilodeau "Pursuing active hope in Houston." Artists and Climate Change (2015, May 12)


    Falk, Jeff "Putting Climate Change and Endangered Species in Focus." Rice University News (2015, May 18)


    Kuonen, Lily "Monya Rowe Gallery migrates south from NYC." Burnaway (2015, November 5)


    Mason, Brook "Life by 1,000 cuts: Natasha Bowdoin's work on view at the SCAD Museum of Art." Wallpaper* Magazine (2015, June 29)


    Pound, Kara "NYC transplant Monya Rowe enters St. Augustine art gallery scene." The St. Augustine Record/Compass (2015, November 5)


    Schenider-Mayerson, Matthew "The story behind those endangered species signs and stickers." The Houston Chronicle (2015, May 8)


    Ward, Ella "Bowdoin's Bloom blends transcendentalist lit with installation." The Savannah Art Informer (2015, July 20)


    Woods, Derek "Fossilized in Houston." Free Press Houston (2015, July 30)


    Angela Fraleigh, "Five Questions with Natasha Bowdoin," www.angelafraleigh.com/blog, July 2014. 


    "The Lookout: A Weekly Guide to Shows You Won't Want to Miss," Editors, Art in America, January 23, 2014. 


    Moon, Grace. "Opened on the Lower East Side: Monya Rowe Gallery, Sargent's Daughters, and Untitled," Velvetpark: Art, Thought, and Culture, January 31, 2014. 


    Heinrich, Will. "Natasha Bowdoin: 'Glyph' at Monya Rowe Gallery," The New York Observer, February 24, 2014. 


    Heinrich, Will. "Natasha Bowdoin: 'Glyph' at Monya Rowe Gallery," Gallerist NY, February 24, 2014. 


    Amato, Andy, "In the Garden at Talley Dunn Gallery," Reviews, Arts+Culture Texas, August 29, 2013. 


    Lubin, David M., "paperless at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art," Reviews, Artforum, October 2012. 


    "Natasha Bowdoin's 'Jungle Book' Roars at Monya Rowe Gallery," Editors, Huffington Post, March 5, 2012. 


    Moran, Jarrett, "Transcribing the Body Electric," Artlog, January 2012. 


    Kinsella, Kevin, "Randomly Determined," BOMBLOG, September 26, 2012. 


    The Pearl Fincher Museum of Art "Dual / Nature ."  (2015) In Press


    "Cargo Space," exhibition catalogue, documenting show Animal House at the Hardesty Arts Center, Tulsa, OK, Essay by Michelle Grabner, pages 11-24, 2014. 


    Janelle Proulx and Tyler Kirby "Natasha Bowdoin: Lunar Spring, documentary video." Departure Point Films (January 2017)


    Johnson, Adrienne "Q and A with Natasha Bowdoin." Lets talk art blog (2015, June 23)


    Goodpasture, Paige "The Creative Habit." The Creative Habit Podcast and Radio show (February 16, 2017)

    Creative Works
      Exhibitions - Group - Did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness
     Group show curated by Michelle Grabner, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX (2010)
     Exhibitions - Solo - Lunar Spring
     Solo exhibtiion, The Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA (2017)
      Exhibitions - Group - Monotype Monothon
     Group Show of curated prints, Rice Media Center, Houston, TX (2017)
      Exhibitions - Group - RAIR at 50
     Group Exhibition, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM (2017)
     Exhibitions - Solo - The Honey and the Root
     Solo exhibition, The Bascom Center for Contemporary Art, The Highlands, NC (2016-17)
      Exhibitions - Group - This is now
     Group show, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX (2017)
     Exhibitions - Solo - Alice Installation
     A solo, site-specific, large-scale cut paper installation, HOK Architecture, Houston, TX (2015)
     Exhibitions - Solo - Bloom
     A site-specific solo installation of large-scale cut paper work inspired by texts that deal with nature. , SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015)
      Exhibitions - Group - Destination Unknown
     Group show, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX (2015)
      Exhibitions - Group - Dual / Nature
     Group exhibtion, The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, TX (2011)
     Commissioned Works - Fossilized in Houston
     A partnership between Houston-based artists and environmentalists to raise awareness on the consequences of climate change. Artists were asked to create and contribute images (drawings, painting, collages) of species endangered by climate change. , Venues all over Houston, (2015)
     Exhibitions - Solo - H E X A M
     A solo show of site specific work as part of the Cell Series. The Cell Series presents to audiences artists based in Texas and their work in the context of the 1877 two cell jail house turned art museum., The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX (February 7 - May 24)
      Exhibitions - Group - Out of place
     Group exhibitoin, Monya Rowe Gallery, St. Augustine, FL (2015)
      Exhibitions - Group - Plant People
     A group show of international artists making work in response to the plant world. Opens February 28th, Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX (2015)
     Exhibitions - Solo - Glyph
     A solo exhibition of new mixed media works inspired by found texts. These works were made in response to stories of journey and transformation including Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and selections from Borges' Short Fictions, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY (January 12 - March 9, 2014)
      Exhibitions - Group - In a word
     Group show of artists making work that deals with text, Gensler Architecture, Houston, TX (2014)
      Exhibitions - Group - Pulp
     Pulp is a group exhibition bringing together contemporary, mixed media artists working with cut, collaged and assembled paper, Cohen Center and Art Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY (2014)
      Exhibitions - Group - Animal House
     The show included a selection of animal drawings from my ongoing bestiary project "Animal House." Small ink and gouache drawings filled the AHHA's walls, bringing birds, snakes, and insects from the desert inside, Natasha Bowdoin, Christopher Sperandio, Seth Mittag, Mike Beradino, Robert Pruitt, Daniel Anguilu, and Rahul Mitra, Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, OK (October - November 2013)
     Exhibitions - Solo - In the garden
     A solo exhibition of cut-paper and gouache works completed while in residence at the Roswell Artist Residency Program, Roswell, NM, Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX (July 29 - September 7, 2013)
      Exhibitions - Group - Inaugural Group Exhibition at 34 Orchard Street
     An inaugural group exhibition for my New York Gallery, Monya Rowe's new gallery space at 34 Orchard Street, Natasha Bowdoin, Larissa Bates, Angela Dufresne, Vera Illiatova, Jake Longstreth, Joe Pflieger, Jacolby Satterwhite, Mark Schubert, and Ann Toebbe, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY (September 8 - October 20, 2013)
      Exhibitions - Group - Paper Art
     An international line up of artists dedicated to presenting paper in new and innovative ways within their own artistic practice, Natasha Bowdoin, Clemens Behr, Aldo van den Broek, Claire Brewster, Peter Callesen, Eloisa Cartonera, Movana Chen, Caterina Crepax, Dylan Graham, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Li Hongbo, Mia Wen Hsuan Liu, Couzijn van Leeuwen, Andrea Mastrovito, Studio Jo Meesters, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands (July 6 - October 27, 2013)
     Exhibitions - Solo - thornappleflower
     A solo exhibition of works created while in residence at the Roswell Artist Residency Program, Roswell, NM. The show included new small works of cut paper and a large-scale, site-specific installation of cut paper and wall painting entitled "Garden Plot", Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM (April 26 - May 2013)
     Exhibitions - Solo - Jungle Book
     A solo exhibition of hand-cut drawings inspired by Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass , Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY (January 12 - March 10, 2012)
      Exhibitions - Group - This is how my brain works
     A group show that examines the practice of collage through its many iterations and permutations ranging from works on paper to artist books, photographs, sculpture, textiles, digital projections and video, Natasha Bowdoin, Donovan Barrow, Brian Belott, Maximus Clarke, Floto+Warner, Sara Klar, Todd Knopke, Michael Lee, Elisa Lendvay, Abraham McNally, Andrew Mount, Ryan Sarah Murphy, Francesca Pastine, Javier Pinon, and Leslie Siegel, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY (September 7 - September 30, 2012)
      Exhibitions - Group - paperless
     My site-specific, large-scale paper installation included as part of this 15 international artist show, celebrating artists working in the realm of paper, Natasha Bowdoin, Peter Callesen, Doug Coupland, Simryn Gill, Katie Holten, Kiel Johnson, Maskull Lasserre, Nava Lubelski, Oscar Santillan, Karen Sargsayn, Jude Tallichet, Yuken Teruya, Oscar Tuazon, Johannes VanDerBeek, and Xu Bing, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (April 27 - September 16, 2012)
     Invited Talks

    SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA


    Greenpoint Studios, Brooklyn, NY

    Artist Lecture Series


    "Animals in Art." (11/19/14)


    "Artist Talk." Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa, OK. (10/25/13)


    "Artist Talk." Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM. (1/30/2013)


    "Artist Talk on current show In the garden." Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX . (8/24/2013)


    "Artist talk on current show thornappleflower." Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM. (4/26/13)


    "Panelist, Monotype Monothon, Rice Media Center, in conjunction with PrintFest Houston." (August 15,2017)


    "Artist Resdencies and their impact cultural community development." Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, TX . (10/12/13) With Panel: Kerry Inman, Joseph Havel, Jim Nolan, and Heyd Fontenot

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Humanities Research Center Faculty Fellowship, Rice University, Humanities Research Center (2016/2017)

     Arts Initiative Grant Recipient, The Arts Initiative Fund, Rice University (2014/2015)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Artist in Residence, Roswell Artist Residency Program. Awarded a year-long artist residency, including lodging, a monthly stipend, studio space, and an end of the year exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM. (2012-2013)
     2015. I have been invited by LoneStar College Kingwood to jury their end of the year student show in June. , Kingwood, TX. (June 2015)
     Lawndale Art Center Artist-in-Residence Program Jury. , Houston, TX. (2017)
     Roswell Artist Residency Program Jury. On the jury to select the 2014-2015 year Artist in Residence Participants, Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM. (April 25, 2014)