A Real Allegory: Parts I & II

In this exhibition Fowler again showed her fascination with the sourced image, while here especially toying with the subjectivity of the viewer, and the power of the artist to control the way in which we are allowed to view their subjects. In these works more than any others, Fowler draws attention to her medium and craft, the precision of her draftsmanship is alternated by an almost painterly technique at times.

The exhibition centered around two epic drawings, A Real Allegory: Part I (Male) & Part II (Marlene), startling in their monumental scale. Both pieces were greatly influenced by Gustave Courbet’s painting, The Artist’s Studio: A Real Allegory of a Seven Year Phase in my Artistic and Moral Life, 1855. Fowler was drawn to the theatricality of Courbet’s composition, like a collage of moments on a stage, there is a simultaneous unity at work in the way the scene is presented as a whole, yet a clear disparity of characters and moments in time. Fowler’s Allegory.., similarly present a series of moments united here in a set-like composition.