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Ceol Na Mara

Ann Bowes

My art is rooted in Scottish history, culture and folk memory. A strong Highland background combined with many years living in the NE has influenced my work. The sea continues to be a powerful source of inspiration. The Scottish diaspora has strengthened worldwide connections with a sense of identity. Music and language have travelled back & fore for generations gaining ever richer resonance. I am drawn to the themes of navigation, emigration, whaling & fishing . I admire the work of Will Mclean and Steve Dilworth in particular.

I use a variety of techniques and media. Objects are fashioned, re-cycled, re-purposed to demonstrate a narrative. Found objects including wood, bone & shell are incorporated . Shapes are fashioned using wood, plaster , clay and paper-mache. Textiles are combined with decorative items in a number of pieces. Some are whimsical . Much of my illustrative work reflects similar interests & includes archaeological references with emphasis on local subjects informed by many years of museum work. My work is mainly sold privately. I was fortunate to have an example purchased by Aberdeen Art Gallery thanks to an exhibition organised through AAS.

Music From Afar
Wave Boat
Whale Song
Votive Offering