About B. D. Owens

 

Bio

I am a multi-disciplinary artist based near Helensburgh, Scotland. In 2017, I graduated (With Distinction) from the Art, Society & Publics MFA Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Previously, I studied at Concordia University, in Montreal, gaining a BFA in Sculpture (With Great Distinction), and also at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland earning a BA in Technical & Production Arts. 

In 2017, I won the Fife Fine Arts Society Prize which funded a one month artist residency at betOnest (Stolpe, Germany). I have shown my work in group shows in Montreal (X POSE, WORK, In Cahoots), New York (MIX NYC), Dundee (Masters Show, DJCAD), Glasgow (Radiophrenia), Stolpe (BetOnfest) and Edinburgh (Screams and Whispers). My poetry has been published in We Were Always Here: A Queer Words AnthologyTalking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland Issue 34 and has been shortlisted in the Jupiter Artland: Inspired to Write Poetry and Prose Competition. In February 2019, I read my poems and took part in a panel discussion at GoMA Glasgow as part of the We Were Always Here: Queer Times event. And, in March 2019, eco/art/scot/land commissioned me to write a review/article about the film Water Makes Us Wet: An Ecosexual Adventure by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle. 

Since 2015, I have served on the volunteer Executive Committee of the Scottish Artists Union, and I was a core-team volunteer for both of the GLITCH Festivals in Glasgow.

Statement of Practice
I develop my projects while walking and writing. Text, multi- layered interpretation and language-play are threads that run through my work. I utilise materials, objects and landscapes for their semiotic value, particularly in terms of historical and cultural context. Currently, I am examining and challenging the binary doctrines of: winners & losers; finding & losing; and sameness & difference.