Paul Bowen

 Paul Bowen sculpts abstract compositions from

scavenged quotidian objects. His eye for form exceeds

our ordinary familiarity with his materials—discarded

barnwood, embroidery hoops, or cable spools. 

Bowen will on occasion purchase materials for his work, such

as old redwood boards from beer vats that he used

for a commissioned sculpture at the Cape Museum

of Fine Arts. The moniker of “found object artist”

seems too confining for Bowen and he doesn’t feel

that it describes him accurately. At the same time, he

identifies closely with the history of objects and seeks

to use them as symbols of their original purpose or

their cultural origin, though they are unmistakably new

and original objects that ask the viewer to question

the materials themselves as they contemplate the new

form.