Kristen Lowe exhibits a new series of large drawing/constructions based on research into the American Eagle's practice as architect of the largest nest on record and its nesting habit of accumulating a variety of materials that are recycled year after year.
In her eagle's nest works, Lowe creates a charcoal base to which she adds the physical volume of materials such as grasses from nature walks, thread, whole and shredded postage stamps, and in some cases, even shredded paper currency. This presents a viewer the opportunity for not only exploring formal intricacies but the potential for symbolic and editorial commentary.
Historically significant postage stamps used in the nest drawings also play the starring role in a small-scale assemblage series titled The Back Story. Playing on a journalistic term, these assemblages are all mounted on the backs of small commercially stretched art canvases. Postage stamps are layered with acetate sheets printed with text or historical images found in the public domain. Lowe examines the mythologizing of historical events, figures and ideological affinities.
Kristen Lowe's drawings have been exhibited nationally in solo shows. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Louvre Museum, Paris. She also holds a professorship at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.