Kelsey Bowen

Kelsey Bowen says of her work, "When I'm making my sculptures, giving them bright bows and dark memories, I feel fleeting moments when they come to life. Stories are central. I perceive a beautiful darkness in childhood and nostalgia, in the way memories shift and shudder as we grow farther apart from them. I invite others to find pieces of themselves in the small details of my work, where childhood exists somewhere in the expanse between fairytale and nightmare. As adults, we navigate our lives affected by our childhoods, informed by our life stories. This navigation inspires me to create, to make sculptures that exist as vessels capable of holding the whispers of stories both shared and untold."

Bowen grew up in the rural California foothills. She received her BFA in Ceramics from the California College of the Arts, going on to continue creating work as a long-term artist-in-residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Bowen has exhibited her work in various corners of the West Coast from L.A. to Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. She is currently working as a professional artist, part-time educator, and sketchbook doodler in Western Montana.