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  • Lynda Lowe By a Grace of Sense

  • The title for this show comes from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. I often read his poems, taking a section and considering it from different perspectives, watching it appear in the development of a painting, or embedding the script within layers of paint. In one section of Burnt Norton, the phrase “by a grace of sense” hovers jewel-like, asking us to reverse the expected sequence of words.

    It is by a grace of sense one realizes that no thing presents itself as utterly passive or inert, that the world is grace-full, and charged with limitless content. This sensing moves us beyond “practical desire”, beyond the constraints of time and the vacuity of experience into where the ineffable sublime might be revealed. Even the most obscure and ordinary aspects of our lived experience can reveal mysterious spirit and content. Let’s call this wonder or awe. In this state – anything, everything – reveals the link between the real and the super-real, reconciling the physical world with the numinous. I find myself often playing on the edge of this frontier, examining what is knowable and familiar, and speculating about the infinite and enigmatic.

    This thinking is relevant to many of my paintings. The imagery in “Deeper Well” depicts the elliptical rim of a bowl echoing into the dark mysterious space. Or perhaps the reverse can be seen too, the bowl emerging from this deeper place. The painting titled “Erhebung” takes T.S. Eliot’s German expression of exaltation and Kantian

    ideas of the super-sensible and visually offers a serene blue zone below a very active geometric torus figure, the only recognizable imagery being leafy branches which ground the imagery in a familiar physical setting.

    Some of my new paintings are entirely abstract, some gestural and geometric, or with a more minimal color field. An Asian influence is evident in these. Growing up, I was awed by the tales of China my aunt and uncle told. They lived in that country for thirty years and later he became ambassador to Taiwan. They collected many art objects, some that I now own. Looking at these meaningful paintings with their bold gestural depictions, living on the Pacific Rim, and certainly being influenced by my own travels to these places, it’s easy to understand that an Eastern aesthetic seeps into my Western mindset.

    Several of these paintings are paired with the experimental glass vessels I made during a residency at the Museum of Glass. There is a symbiosis between bowl as object and as image; marks and surfaces acting as source material for each other. Vessels continue their central casting here. Evoking many associations, the bowl serves as a ritual, domestic, and archetypal object. It remains a compelling symbol in my work, ultimately representing the embodiment of the fluid act of giving and receiving and the generous offerings of the moment.

    Lynda Lowe By a Grace of Sense Gail Severn Gallery, December 2016

  • Deeper Well Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 36” x 45”

  • Temenos II Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    38” x 32”

  • Temenos III Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 38” x 32”

  • Night Vision Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    44” x 36”

  • Limina II Handblown glass with painted base on panel 7.25” x 6.5” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina III Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    7” x 7” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina IV Handblown glass with painted base on panel 7” x 8” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina IX Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    6.5” x 8” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina IXX Handblown glass with painted base on panel 9.5”x 7” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina V Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    5.25” x 7.5” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina VI Handblown glass with painted base on panel 5.5” x 8” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina VII Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    4.5” x 9” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina VIII Handblown glass with painted base on panel 8.5” x 7” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina XI Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    5.5” x 8” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina XII Handblown glass with painted base on panel 7.5” x 8” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina XIII Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    6.5” x 6.5” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina XXI Handblown glass with painted base on panel 8.5” x 6” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Limina XX Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    4.5” x 9” dia 10” x 10” x 2” base

  • Lux Limina XV Handblown glass with painted base on panel Base: 12” x 12” x 2” Vessel: 9” x 6” dia

  • Lux Limina XVI Handblown glass with painted base on panel

    Base: 12” x 12” x 2” Vessel: 7” x 6” dia

  • Transience Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 42” x 32”

  • Inner Sky Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    36” x 36”

  • Tetractys Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 24” x 48”

  • As if Standing on Fishes Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    38” x 32”

  • Between Thoughts Oil, watercolor and wax on three panels 10” x 10” x 2”

  • By A Grace of Sense Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    45” x 36”

  • Erhebung Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 38” x 32”

  • Still and Moving Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    36” x 72”

  • Ex Libris #2 (Swallowtail) Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 15” x 10”

  • Ex Libris #4 (Brush) Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    15” x 10”

  • Ex Libris #12 (Fish and 3 Butterflies) Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 15” x 10”

  • Ex Libris #13 (White Flying Bird) Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    15” x 10”

  • Drawn to Water II Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 42” x 32”

  • Drawn to Water III Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    40” x 29.5”

  • Lightfall Oil, watercolor and wax on panel 47.5” x 24”

  • Rosethorn Oil, watercolor and wax on panel

    28” x 7.5”

  • Form and Formless (Group 1) Oil, watercolor and mixed media on four panels 10” x 10” x 2” each panel

  • Form and Formless (Group 2) Oil, watercolor and mixed media on two panels

    10” x 10” x 2” each panel

  • Form and Formless (Group 3) Oil, watercolor and mixed media on two panels 10” x 10” x 2” each panel

  • Form and Formless #9 Oil, watercolor and mixed media on panel

    10” x 10” x 2”

  • Form and Formless #10 Oil, watercolor and mixed media on panel 10” x 10” x 2”

  • Form and Formless #11 Oil, watercolor and mixed media on panel

    10” x 10” x 2”

  • Form and Formless #12 Oil watercolor and mixed media on panel 10” x 10” x 2”

  • Hearing Music , T.S. Eliot series Watercolor, monotype, and drawing media on Rives paper

    30” x 22”

  • The Ash Burnt Roses Leave, T.S. Eliot series Watercolor, monotype, and drawing media on Rives paper 30” x 22”

  • The Still Point of the Turning World, T.S. Eliot series Watercolor, monotype, and drawing media on Rives paper

    30” x 22”

  • Entering the Garden, T.S. Eliot series Watercolor, monotype, and drawing media on Rives paper 30” x 22”

  • LYNDA LOWE

    EDUCATION Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude, departmental honors, Alma College, Alma, MI Academia della Bella Arte Foreign Study: Art History and Drawing, Perugia, Italy.

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2016 By a Grace of Sense, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2015 Patra Passage: Full Circle, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA Resonance, Abmeyer+Wood Fine Art Seattle, WA 2014 Poiesis, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID 2013 The Patra Passage Beginnings: launch at Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA and return exhibition scheduled for February - May, 2015, Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID 2012 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA Forre Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO 2010 Phase Shift, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2009 The Uncertainty Principle, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2008 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2007 Not Yet Spoken, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID 2006 F/ Light, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2005 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA Harper College, Palatine Illinois 2004 University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

    2003 Arden Gallery, Boston, MA 2002 Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL Miami University Art Museum, Miami University, Oxford, OH Arden Gallery, Boston MA 2001 Peyton Wright Gallery Santa Fe, NM Gwenda Jay Addington Gallery, Chi