Rowan Renee — ART NOW!

by Art and Art History

Lecture Art & Art History Design

Wed, Feb 14, 2024

6 PM – 7:30 PM CST (GMT-6)

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1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th floor - Film Row Cinema

Chicago, Illinois, United States




The Healing Potential of Craft and Labor

Rowan Renee creates immersive installations that imagine the healing potential of craft in the aftermath of violence. Their ideas have been influenced by the study of restorative justice practices as alternatives to incarceration and punishment. Their artist talk will focus on their research methods within family archives, public records and the criminal legal system, and how they center radical compassion to transform these source materials into art objects and environments.

Rowan Renee is a Brooklyn-based artist who uses craft to address legacies of violence within the family, the state and the criminal legal system, particularly on their impact on women, LGBTQ+ and incarcerated people. They use labor intensive processes – including stone carving, loom weaving and kiln-fused glass – to transform the knowledge we carry in our bodies that we are unable to put into words. Recently, they presented The Perimeter Path, a major installation at Green-Wood Cemetery, memorializing people in unmarked graves. In 2023, they received awards from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA and the Art for Justice Fund.

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(right) The Perimeter Path, site specific installation at Green-Wood Cemetery, 2023. Image courtesy of the Artist. (left) photo of the artist by Sara Bennett

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