"Using Middle America as her muse, Kowch draws the history of a particular place -- invariably rural -- to the surface as it collides with a new reality in layers of metaphor and moodiness. The faces of her women may remind you of characters in a Tim Burton film."
--Steve Parks, Newsday

Monday, December 14, 2009

"Two Rural Sisters" Diptych

28" x 44"
acrylic on canvas

A recently completed set that I have been working on periodically between other paintings. Lately I'm enjoying working on several pieces at once, just to change up the routine a bit. With these, I intentionally wanted to create two narrative character portraits; a straightforward statement and tribute to both the beauty and harshness of country life. I guess my inherent love for Renaissance art, particularly its portraiture, lurked in my subconcious during the birth of the initial idea, hence why I think I settled on representing the protagonists in a more straight, formal, symmetrical fashion, accompanied by symbols that pertain to them. The strength and resiliency of the human spirit is one of the main themes running throughout this one, in addition to the sheer desire to simply go back and concentrate on the figure as a painting subject.


Aaron Rossell said...

I'm really blown away by these... very beautiful pieces. The left one really kills me--that stoic, blank pose, undeterred by the wind (or other forces, presumably). I can smell rural air.

David Bryan said...


Great Works!!The color and textures are exceptional! True art connects the viewer and artist and you have made that connetion yet again!!

Andrea Kowch said...

Thanks guys! I really appreciate it! :)

Lee said...

You really do get a sense of the resiliency of the human spirit in these. I love them.

The rooster is great.

Chelsea Kirchoff said...

MAN! This is just, GREAT. It feels so old and weathered. I love it, Andrea.