Theresa Clowes has been exploring the properties of textiles for more than 20 years. She holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition to being a professional artist, she is also an experienced teacher and is currently the Head of Art Education at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD). Theresa believes that being an artist does not stray far from being a teacher; they both come from the heart and soul. Her artwork incorporates juxtapositions: textiles and architecture, ephemeral fabric and discarded objects, translucency and opacity. Recent work continues a 20-year investigation into lace with a growing series of felted drawings. While beautiful in their own way, they are raw, crude and rough - simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar. As Louis Kahn once said, “The nature of space reflects what it wants to be.” For a moment, a viewer slows down, observes, and contemplates the calming rhythms found in the breadth and depth of Clowes’ work. Clowes’ recent installation work addresses global warming, our environmental impact, and the joy of thinking about a possible symbiosis relationship with nature.
Rather than dwelling on this ominous danger, Clowes’ work is inspired by close exchanges that reveal the prospect for equilibrium. Her work incorporates ideas about interconnection and juxtaposition through both material and concept. In this particular installation titled Possibility, Clowes presents an optimistic visual articulation of the prospect of living with nature symbiotically. Referencing schools of fish, Clowes suspends natural elements (sticks) and human-made objects (utensils) in flowing, effortless, interrelationships. Locally, her work had been displayed at RedLine Arts, Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, Ice Cube Gallery, Phillip Steel Gallery, Vertigo Gallery and nationally in Kansas City, Detroit, Houston, Aspen, and Portland, Oregon.