CONTEMPORARY ARTS INSPIRED BY ROBERT BURNS

25 January - 10 March 2018 @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Nina Mae Fowler

Born in London in 1981, Nina Mae Fowler graduated with a first-class degree in sculpture from Brighton University in 2003. She lives and works in Norfolk. Known for her sumptuously detailed large-scale drawings and installations, Nina Mae Fowler’s work interrogates themes of celebrity, beauty, power and sexuality. Preoccupied with Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’, Fowler treats the period as a crucible of our own, revelling in its sheer visual richness at the same time as it critiques our culture’s obsession with stardom, as well as the ubiquitous presence of the photographic lens in the reception of imagery. Since her nomination for the BP Portrait Prize in 2008, Fowler’s work has won widespread acclaim. It is featured in numerous collections of international significance, and she enjoys close working relationships with leading fine art institutions including the National Portrait Gallery. A monograph of her work entitled Nina Mae Fowler: Measuring Elvis was published by Cob Gallery in 2015, The publication, now stocked in The Tate Modern bookshop, contains texts from leading contemporary academics and cultural figures; including former director of The National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, playwright Polly Stenham

Fowler’s works have been exhibited internationally, including frequent solo exhibitions in London, Paris and Leipzig. Her work is included in private collections throughout  Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. Film, music and fashion luminaries such as John Maybury, Jude Law, Caroline Issa and Roland Mouret are amongst her collectors.

My idea was based on the fact that so few images exist of him which leaves his portrait open to interpretation. I researched as many of these interpretations as I could (sculptures, prints and paintings) and decided to make a series of ‘tracings’ which are semiconscious line-drawings, the transferral of which, to paper, eradicates the eyes and main features. I then found a quote from a letter written by Burns to his friend Peter Hill in Edinburgh which became the title of this work: see below.

“If I could, and I believe I’d do it as far as I can, I would wipe away all tears from all eyes.”
IParts I – IV)
2014
5 framed prints – each 20 x 15cm

Nina Mae Fowler

Burns Unbroke Visual Artists

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