THE SEA, THE SHORE.


Solo exhibition

Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne

25 November – 19 December 2014

Historically, fashion has played an important part within the cultural and psychological rituals of transformation through birth, marriage and death. The institution of the white wedding dress is a potent example of the transformative properties of clothing; bodied as transformative phenomena and disembodied as relic. For this series I have made subjects of such garments, among others, to connect the viewer with the real and imagined atmosphere surrounding such rites of feminine transition. My use of water as a medium of buoyancy and illusionistic display situates the garments in a dream-space of fantasy and illusion and invites an important imaginative collaboration from the viewer- the water reveals and suggests further revelation.

Flinders Lane Gallery
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

www.flg.com.au/artist/meg-cowell/contemporary

FLINDERS LANE GALLERY ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION


Flinders Lane Gallery Melbourne

16 September - 19 October 2014

Twenty-five years and over 500 curated exhibitions later FLG is determined to celebrate this remarkable milestone with an exhibition that pays respect to the incredible city of Melbourne that has actively supported and nurtured our Australian artists for so long. Our represented artists have created an artwork specifically for the exhibition, based around the curatorial premise of representing Melbourne, and what our city means to each individual artist.

This image is part of my ongoing series of photographic artworks depicting theatrical feminine costumes that have been arranged and illuminated while suspended in water. My interest for the series is to express the sensory and emotional values that are evoked by fabric, but also to explore a symbolic formality in dressing that has slipped out of meaning.

The concept for this particular work is Melbourne’s Victorian era, which is so much a part of our cityscape, by representing mourning black and the emotion that is exteriorised by this type of fashion. Victorian era mourning dress is a potent instance of the symbolic power of clothing- after the death of her husband Queen Victoria spent more than forty years in black to symbolise her spiritual darkness.

For this image, I wanted to relate the way our psychology and physical bodies are defined by our clothes, to the idea of architecture as a social emblem and expression of conventionality. Through my handling of the dress I was able to produce a formal and rigid structure that gives a sense of the some of the principles of architecture, while still expressing the private emotions of grief that are externalised by this type of fashion.

Flinders Lane Gallery
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

www.flg.com.au/artist/meg-cowell/contemporary

THE DARK SIDE


Flinders Lane Gallery

MELBOURNE ART FAIR

13 August - 17 August 2014

Our Art Fair Stand C108 is partitioned into two gallery spaces highlighting the strong thematic running within the gallery stable. On the Dark end of the spectrum, these contemporary artists engage in the broadly defined genre of realism to create work that explores the darker shades of the human experience. Meg Cowell photographs her subjects as they are immersed in an illusionistic display of the ephemeral. It is through this act of buoyancy that she enables to connect the viewer with the real and imagined atmosphere surrounding rites of feminine transition that situates her garments in a dream-space of fantasy and apparition.

Flinders Lane Gallery
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

www.flg.com.au/artist/meg-cowell/contemporary

TO THE SURFACE


Solo exhibition

Dickerson Gallery, Sydney

24 July – 15 August 2013

OPENING NIGHT- WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 6.30-8.30

Provincial theatre playhouses are the fertile hunting ground of artist Meg Cowell in her ongoing quest for fantastical garments, theatre costume and couture. These garments, once collected, are arranged and illuminated while suspended in water. For this purpose Cowell has installed a 1000 litre pool in her country-town backyard, in which she suspends and arranges her subject, using water as a medium of buoyancy and illusionistic display. The objective for Cowell is to achieve a sense of the garments being inhabited, not only by their absent wearer, but also by a complex of moods, emotions, and constructs of the feminine.

“The dancing light caressed, confection of a gown in Sweet House is the stuff of fantasy or fairy-tale, yet the smoky wisps and tendrils of its fragile underskirt – extraordinary in their painterliness - suggest an incipient process of osmosis, reminding us of water’s symbolic associations with transformation”. Victoria Hammond

Dickerson Gallery
34 Queen Street, Woollahra, Sydney

www.dickersongallery.com.au/artist/168

EXPLORATION 13


Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

18 June – 13 July 2013

Meg Cowell exhibited as part of Exploration 13, FLG’s annual showcase of emerging and unsigned artists.

Flinders Lane Gallery
137 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

www.flg.com.au/Exhibitions/Exhibitions%202013/Exploration13.html

2013 JOSEPHINE ULRICK AND WIN SCHUBERT PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD


Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
6 April–19 May 2013

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice. This highly anticipated award, with a total $30,000 in prizes and acquisitions, is a highlight of Gold Coast City Gallery’s exhibition program. From close to 300 entries, this year’s guest judge acclaimed New Zealand photographer Anne Noble has selected 65 finalists for display.

Gold Coast City Gallery
135 Bundall Road , Surfers Paradise

TO THE SURFACE - OBSCURA GALLERY


Obscura Gallery, Melbourne

11 April–9 May 2013

Group Photography Exhibition showcased works made during a 6 month residency in rural New South Wales.

Obscura Gallery
First Floor, 285 Carlisle Street, East St Kilda

PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS BY AMY HERMANN AND MEG COWELL


Tooth & Nail Gallery, Adelaide

3 August–16 August 2012

SALA 2012
Adelaide’s freshest ARI Tooth and Nail Gallery showcased offerings from local artists Meg Cowell and Amy Herrmann to coincide with the opening of the 2012 South Australian Living Artists Week. The exhibition featured two individual bodies of work traversing the well-trodden landscape of feminine identity and transition. “The temple guardian of this subject matter in contemporary Australian photography is Deborah Paauwe, and we look to her and a few others for reasons to persist with these themes”, says Cowell.

Tooth and Nail Gallery
12 Eliza Street, Adelaide

TO THE SURFACE - A.P BOND


Solo Exhibition

A.P Bond Gallery, Melbourne

21 June–19 July 2012

A.P Bond Gallery hosted new works by emerging photo-artist Meg Cowell in June. The exhibition featured photographs taken as part of the artist’s ongoing interest in collection and documentation of ‘found femineities’. Ranging from discarded underwear and feminie garments to whole theatrical costumes, couture and wedding dresses- these items once collected are submerged and individually photographed.

A.P. Bond Gallery
2 Ann Street Stepney, Adelaide

SACRUM - SOLO EXHIBITION


Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

26 August–September 8 2011

Sacrum represents the second chapter of my explorations into bilateral symmetry and the psyche which I began in 2005 with the series Rorschach. The x-rays offer a parallel element to the garments, presenting the viewer with the most internal and conversely external architecture of the human body.

Brunswick Street Gallery
322 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Melbourne

To The Surface

SALA, The Reading Room, Adelaide
2011

Sacrum

Prospect Gallery, S.A
2011

Have Love, Will Travel

The Reading Room, Adelaide
2010

Death Scenes

Little Space Gallery, Hobart
2007

Rorschach

Red Wall gallery, Hobart
2006

Big City Lite

Entrepot Gallery, Hobart
2006

Just Four Prints

Jimmy's Skate and Street, Hobart
2006