In April 2013 Rowena was awarded Professional Development
funding from Creative Scotland. This enabled her
to accept a Residency opportunity in Bloomington, Indiana USA where
she made new work for her exhibition, 'Tiny Diamonds in the Cosmic
Sands' at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Centre, in Bloomington.
A further suite of six large oil paintings was shown at the
Oliver Winery Downtown Tasting Room, also in Bloomington.
Rowena Comrie's abstract paintings have been described as
'breathtakingly elemental' (Cambridge University 'Futures'
2012). However, they are also reflectively sophisticated.
Those descriptions may appear contradictory, but she makes
paintings that express aesthetic feelings and ideas, that reveal
the paradox of shaping a contemporary sublime. Her most
recent exhibition of paintings, in the USA, was a major aesthetic
assault on the paradox of abstract art: to see nothing, but to see
everything at the same time.
She talks about her work in an interview broadcast in May
2013 downloadable here: