Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Elizabeth Gower has been exhibiting innovative work, including collages and wall hanging, since 1976. Her interest lies in the human desire to create order from the chaotic. Gower creates stunning abstract compositions from humble materials, with an emphasis upon translucency, fragility and impermanence. Her practice draws much of its content and form from the world of the everyday - commercial images and objects as well as familiar and domestic materials such as newspaper and tissue paper. Exploiting the associations evoked by such banal material, her work has often been connected with a feminist sensibility, however this framing should be countered with a recognition of the strong aesthetic concerns at play.
Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, including shows at Cite Internationale des Arts Gallery, Paris, 2007; Arthouse, London, 1997; and Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 1991. Her most recent individual exhibitions include Amor Infiniti, AC Institute [Direct Chapel], New York, 2009, and Genera series 09, Longwood University, Virginia, 2009.
Gower has participated in many major group exhibitions, including: Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002; Australian Perspecta, held at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 1997 and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1985 and 1981; Isolaustralia, Gallery Lillo, Italy, 1984; and European Dialogue, 3rd Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales 1979. Her most recent group exhibitions include: Baker's dozen, UTS Gallery, Sydney, 2012; Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2011; Extreme Beauty: Approaches to the Real, Y3K, Melbourne, 2010; and Cubism and Australian Art, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2009.
Gower's work is held in many notable public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Australia, and National Gallery of Victoria; as well as numerous private collections in Australia, France, Italy, UAE, UK and USA. In 2008 Gower was awarded the Australia Council's Greene Street Studio residency in New York. In March 2012 Sutton Gallery presented works by Gower at Art Dubai, the largest and most established contemporary art fair in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. In the past, Gower has been commissioned to make artworks for Victorian Ministry for the Arts painted tram project, Melbourne World Trade Centre, MCG Great Southern Stand, Southgate, Panorama Apartments and Sydney Olympics Superdome.
paper on drafting film
76 x 59cm