northwesterly swell (1996)

This work was created during a period (1986-) when Bowie was frequenting junk and recycling yards in and around Vancouver to purchase parts, brick-a-brack, interesting objects and recycled parts and sheets of metal to bricolage experimental image devices in the interest of expanding images beyond the confines of the Frame.
Northwesterly Swell was created for an exhibition in Prague in the fall of 1995. Northwesterly Swell combines
a panoramic landscape of the water and shore of English Bay in Vancouver with a sea of blurred faces pictured below as a secondary 360 degree panorama.
The immersive panorama was executed by fabricating 3 projectors, each a 1/3 of the total projector circumference hung at the center of the room.
The viewer must focus individual faces within the crowd using hand held magnifiers available on a desk in the gallery.
This work marks the very first experimental 360 degree projector system by the artist.
northwesterly swell marks the first in future works where the artist questioned how she could create her larger works using the least materials possible in observation of the link between art, resource extraction, environment and climate concerns.

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All images, sound and text are the exclusive copyright of the artist and may not be used or duplicated without the expressed permission of the artist.
This work was created in Prague, Czech Republic and in K'emk'emeláy (colonially known as Vancouver BC.),with gratitude
and acknowledgement of our host's nationhood; of their unceded, ancestral and current territories:
the Musqueam, Squamish, and Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.