B. D. Owens is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Shandon, on the Gare Loch. In 2017, he graduated from the Art, Society & Publics MFA Programme at DJCAD, University of Dundee. Previously, he studied at Concordia University (Montreal) gaining a BFA in Sculpture. Since 2012, he has shown his sculpture, text-works, performance, video and sound works in Canada, USA, Scotland, Germany and online. His writing has been published in two anthologies and on the eco/art/scot/land blog. During the 2019 NEoN Festival, he presented his paper ‘Watching Me, Watching You: Reflections Upon Surveillance, Gare Loch Duality & the #UndesiredLine’ at the Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology Symposium at the V&A Dundee.
Statement of Practice
B. D. Owens examines and challenges binary, polarised doctrines, attempting to reveal nuances and complexities that may shift set-thinking and preconceptions. He develops his projects while walking and writing. Text, multi-layered interpretation and language-play are threads that run through his work. In his sculptures, he uses materials for their seductive qualities and semiotic values, with aim to entice a desire to consume, touch and sometimes even destroy the artworks. His interventions with/in landscapes are ephemeral, transformational and performative, with the intention of minimal environmental impact. Much of his writing and sculpture is informed and shaped by personal life experiences. In his current ongoing project, Gare Loch Duality and the #UndesiredLine, he reflects upon the dualistic but complex reality of living in close proximity to the Faslane Nuclear Submarine base.