Inspiration: Artists

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Deanna Bowen

Deanna Bowen (b. 1969, Oakland; lives in Toronto) is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s.

Her broader artistic/educational practice examines history, historical writing and the ways in which artistic and technological advancements impact individual and collective authorship. She has received several awards in support of her artistic practice including a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, the Images Festival, Flux Projects, the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Halifax.

Deanna Bowen, “We Are From Nicodemus” (2017), Single Channel video, 42:02 minutes
Deanna Bowen, “#WONTBACKDOWN”

Rebecca Horn

Do you think about the space between you and other people? We can explore these thoughts in our artwork to help us understand and share our experiences.

Artist Rebecca Horn explored feelings of isolation and loneliness in her art practice. Rebecca would create body sculptures or pieces that she could wear that would extend off of her body, pointing to the distance between her and other people.

You can learn more about Rebecca Horn’s story and artwork in this video from the Tate Modern:

Rebecca Horn “In the Triangle”, (1973-4) wood and fabric, 1850 × 5140 × 55 mm.
Rebecca Horn “Finger Gloves” from the series Performance Edition, 1972.