Jean Lowe - Alida Cervantes

Jean Lowe: Installation artist, lecturer at UCSD, vegan

A critique of our vanity as individuals, as a culture, and as a species has driven Lowe's labor intensive and visually complex installations since she began exhibiting her work about 20 years ago both here and in New York. She has attempted to couch this consistent and evolving interest in political subject matter in a visually seductive form, borrowing from the accessible vocabularies of historic design and decoration. Lowe thinks of her installations as ephemeral scaffolding for conversations about themes like our impact on the natural world and our relationships with other species, our enactment of 'manifest' destiny, and our culture of self-absorption and willful cluelessness. She is interested in challenging the notion that visually generous, playful and funny work can't also be multi-layered and intellectually provocative.

Question #1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?

#1 "Abroad; showing in Korea and New York, and here at home; showing with my friends and colleagues at California Center for the Arts."

Question #2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

#2 "San Diego has a really energetic and interesting art scene--it just needs to believe it!!"