“I see her face every day.”
Comprising seven acrylic paintings completed over the course of the last year, including one monumental work, “Radiator,” which lends the exhibition its title, this body of work is a continuation of Tim Lowly’s long-term project involving his daughter, Temma.
Often referring to her as “profoundly other, ” Lowly explores issues of meaning, identity, spirituality, and politics in his paintings of Temma, which can be understood as reflections on subtle — perhaps mystical — kinds of agency that she manifests.
The clinical diagnoses of “multiple impairment” or “spastic quadriplegia” do little to address the compelling presence of this young woman and the way her being and essence have shaped her father’s work.
“My hope is that in suggesting various ways I find her life to be meaningful, there might be a broadened possibility of considerations for others who are culturally, politically, and socially marginalized.”
“I think of (the making of) art as a relational practice, a representational practice, a political practice, a conceptual practice, a material practice, a contemplative practice, a practice in being (present to), a practice in longing, a practice in loving*.”
*Loving: to deeply and empathetically engage the other towards giving the other agency.
Lowly is an interdisciplinary artist, working with painting, drawing, installation, digital media, photography and music: both individually and collaboratively. “Radiator” is on view at Koplin Del Rio (Seattle, WA) through December 1, 2018.