About B. D. Owens

 

Bio

I am  a multi-disciplinary artist based in Shandon, on the Gare Loch, Scotland. I hold an MFA in Art, Society & Publics from DJCAD, University of Dundee, and a BFA in Sculpture from Concordia University (Montreal). Since 2012, I have shown my artwork in Canada, USA, Scotland, Germany and online. My writing has been published in two anthologies – We Were Always Here: A Queer Words Anthology, and Talking About Lobsters: New Writing Scotland Issue 34 – as well as on the eco/art/scot/land blog. During NEoN Festival, 2019, I presented my paper “Watching Me, Watching You: Reflections Upon Surveillance, Gare Loch Duality and the #UndesiredLine” at the NEoN Re@ct: Social Change Art Technology Symposium at the V&A Dundee. More recently, NEoN presented two of my videos, and hosted me in a livestream Q&A with NEoN Director Donna Holford-Lovell, in the UK Garden at Ars Electronica Festival 2020. 

 

Statement of Practice

In my practice, I examine and challenge binary, polarised doctrines and ideological positions, attempting to reveal nuances and complexities that may shift set-thinking and preconceptions. I develop my projects while walking and writing. Text, multi-layered interpretation and language-play are threads that run through my work, and much of my writing and sculpture is informed and shaped by personal life experiences. For my sculptures, I use materials for their seductive qualities and semiotic values, with an aim to entice a desire to consume, touch and sometimes even destroy the artworks. My interventions with/in landscapes are ephemeral, transformational and performative, with the intention of minimal environmental impact. My current research interests include the psychology of surveillance, landscape and ecology, “Nuclear Culture”, the military industrial complex and the false dichotomy of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’.

Since 2014, I have been a member of the Scottish Artists Union.