Scarlett Bowman is a mixed-media artist who creates abstract sculpture and reliefs and whose work addresses material culture and modern craft. Her approach is directed through craft and industry where she takes mundane, everyday and found materials and re-contextualises them to remove their intended use, instead creating a new, tactile and aesthetic appeal. Their once utilitarian then value gives way to a more symbolic one, inviting us to think about the complex process involved in taking a raw material to its final form. Accidental shapes and forms are created before being embedded to the surface, enabling multiple references to be weaved into a single narrative.
Scarlett is inspired in her practice by the Italian Arte Povera movement and places collage and assemblage at the core of her practice, techniques that acts as a metaphor for recording information about materials, space and time.
Scarlett Bowman (b. 1985) completed a BA in Classics at Newcastle University before undertaking an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London, in 2014. Her work was recently exhibites at: the Koppel Project, London (2019); Saatchi Gallery, London (2018); Fold Gallery, London (2016); Balzer Projects, Basel (2015); Soho Revue, London (2015). In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries. She completed a residency at The Villa Lena Foundation, 2018.
Platform Foundation Asks
Who is your artistic hero? Robert Rauschenberg.Which work of art you wished you owned? Any of Rauschenberg’s ‘Combine paintings’.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? My antique plan chest.
Describe your studio in three words: Bright, Dishevelled, Comforting.
Do you collect anything? Yes everything! Stuff. I’m a compulsive hoarder.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Literally everything from Classical to French Jazz to Hip Hop and everything in between.