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Becca Lowry describes her work in a recent statement, “these pieces are built to protect. They are shields, force fields, and talismans, each custom-made to safeguard against a particular threat: One will ward off an impending storm, another will scatter daemons, a third will hold tight to your heart while you do something ridiculously, recklessly brave. They’re not meant to be aggressive exactly – the pointy edges are more like the decorative fringe of a headdress than they are the tip of a spear. I think, instead, they’re meant to hold a person up, to bolster strength and resolution in a moment of great uncertainty. And then, when the coast is most certainly clear, they should be hung, quietly, carefully, back on the wall. If I could make a shield for everyone in the world I would. And if these shields actually worked - if, like spiderman’s suit, they fused to the body of the vulnerable and awakened superhuman strength and courage, - if there were actually something that I could build to give a kid wings, to amplify a small voice, to distill anger into forgiveness, then I would be obliged, and you would be obliged, to stop whatever it is we’re doing right now and mass-produce these things.”
About Becca Lowry
New Haven, Connecticut-based artist Becca Lowry creates elaborate mixed-media works combining carved and collaged wood, oil and spray paint. Situated somewhere between sculpture and painting, the works have a three-dimensional quality that is intended to make them feel like precious objects. “As humans we have a tendency to hold on to special things,” Lowry says. “We collect objects that have particular meaning to us, we guard beautiful memories as best we can, we return to places that feel like home.” She explores similar themes in works on paper, by creating pastel rubbings from her more sculptural works.