For nearly fifty years, Sandra Rowe’s work has been impossible to categorize. With her unflinching views of relationships, race, and gender, she pokes and prods, asking questions that are difficult to answer and which often go unspoken aloud. Figures are often stripped of gender and race yet, somehow, more deeply embody the core of the human experience. Rowe’s long overdue retrospective, Mother Wit, explores the full range and depth of Rowe’s artistic expression.
In 1994, Rowe wrote about her work: “Living in this time and place provides all that is needed to give me abundant information from which I make art. My thinking about how language and visual art interface continues to motivate me. Usually in my work, they can only exist together: they compliment, explain, clarify, connect with, and can only be understood when one explores the images and language together.”
Sandra Rowe was born and spent most of her childhood in Richmond, Indiana. Rowe earned a B.A. from California State University, Fresno, (1977) and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, (1980) both in studio art.
Photo of Sandra Rowe by Douglas McCulloh, 2019.
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