Bower

Tim Lowly's avatar Tim Lowly

Bower . . . The viewer encounters a painting where the subject of the painting is apparently (if one is to understand the title) bowing to them. This gesture of humility or reverence or honor takes on a curious twist in that the Bower, by virtue of their scale (at least 4 times the viewer's size), seems to be on the powerful end of the relationship. . . . A few years ago I somewhat randomly overlaid a sketch of a rectangle with a slightly arched top over a photograph of my daughter Temma sitting in her wheelchair, head slightly bowed. The form of the overlay immediately brought to mind Renaissance altarpieces. Suddenly the image read as very large. Temma, who has appeared in my work frequently, is, one might say, the incarnation of powerlessness. But while this image of her bowing is perhaps indicative of her "state" in the scheme of our culture's power structure, her size in this representation seems to question that conventional understanding of power.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2.5 inches
  • Medium: acrylic on panel
  • Width: 75 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 110 inches