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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

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LORRAINE BOWLEY

About Lorraine Bowley

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"The obsessive bond of motherhood and the need to protect, nurture and love is embedded in my creations. The nature of relationships are symbolised with the use of small collections of personalised objects. Surface treatment of my sculptures show embedded text and scarred surface….The link is still strong between memory, existence, exploration of materials and surfaces: life's journey, the fragility of threads, fabrics and fastenings. "

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Email: lorraineamanda@outlook.com

I was born in Marlborough, Wiltshire but have lived in Dorset most of my life. After attending Shelley Park (Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design), I studied Ceramics at Camberwell College of Arts. After completing my Post Graduate Certificate in education at Reading University, I taught Art in secondary school for over 20 years.

My earlier portfolio of work manifested itself in the form of miniature matchbox sculptural narratives that evoke personal tales of love, loss, longing and hope. Butterflies predominantly feature in the collection and help to represent the fragile beauty and ephemeral nature of existence. The obsessive bond of motherhood and the need to protect, nurture and love is embedded in my creations. The nature of relationships are symbolised with the use of small collections of personalised objects. Surface treatment of my sculptures show embedded text and scarred surface.

My sculptural paper collection enables me to experiment with the layering of vintage ephemera. Old cotton reels and keys as well as butterflies seemed a natural aspect and link with my matchbox sculptures. The link with memories of the past, the tension between the materials and threads and the delicate quality of the materials again expose the vulnerable nature of the memory or past experience of life’s journey to this point. I incorporate layered maps, wrappers, sewing packaging, needles, scoring paper in the work as well as exposing layers beneath. Each piece is held together with either a machined or hand sewn thread.

My boat sculptures symbolise journeys through life: threads represent the sea and layered flotsam and jetsam sails relate to things collected along the way. The link is still strong between memory, existence, exploration of materials and surfaces: life's journey, the fragility of threads, fabrics and fastenings. Maps have been replaced by books, pages and book covers as well as the spines and page edges worked well to age the boat sails. My boats are positioned on old sewing machines which represent the ships wheel, the needles replaced with fishing hooks. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, buttons also link back to childhood memories, the sewing ephemera and sewing machines all symbolic to personal life experiences.

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