Often starting with an excerpt of text, a totem, a gesture, or all three at once, Natasha Bowdoin’s drawings grow instinctively, sprawling across a wall or tightening into a thicket of words and imagery contained by the paper’s edge. Known for her cut paper and collage-based work she investigates the potential intersections of the visual and the literary, channeling the experience of reading into the activity of drawing, while reimagining our relationship to the natural world. Bowdoin earned a B.A. from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA and a M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She has been awarded residencies at the Core Program in Houston, TX; The Roswell AIR Program in New Mexico; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE. Bowdoin’s work has been included in exhibitions at the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Cue Art Foundation in New York; the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum in GA; the Portland Museum of Art, ME; and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC as well as numerous venues around Texas where she currently lives and works. She received a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2007. Her work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, BOMB, and Wallpaper* Magazine. Bowdoin is represented by Monya Rowe Gallery and Talley Dunn Gallery.
Born and raised in West Kennebunk, ME she now lives in Houston, TX where she is an Assistant Professor at Rice University.