by K. Johnson Bowles
K. Johnson Bowles’ artworks focused identity, social justice, and sexual politics have been showcased in more than 80 exhibitions. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Center for Photography, Visual Studies Workshop, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received an MFA from Ohio University and BFA from Boston University
The series Veronica’s Cloths explores the residual nature of trauma. Each work is an assemblage sewn on a vintage handkerchief in a manner purposefully pointing to that which is “grandmotherly,” wise, and reflective.
The unexpected juxtapositions of familiar materials, emotionally-charged images, and menacing objects (insects, spiders, snakes) are designed to attract and repel the viewer – an uncanny valley.
The works represent flashes in the mind’s eye and suggest an untold drama of violation, loss, anger, grief, pain, and shame. They represent the hauntings of experience, call for justice, and hope for resolution.