Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 2006, BA
B.D. Owens Bio
B.D. Owens is a visual artist, poet and political activist based in Scotland. He was born in Switzerland in 1973, but he grew up in a rural area North of Glasgow. For the first 20 years of his life, he battled a life threatening illness which held him back at school. He studied Technical & Production Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and has worked in the theatre and film industries as well as the realm of commercial art in Vancouver and Glasgow. He studied sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in June 2012 with a BFA in Sculpture With Great Distinction. Since graduating, he has been a technician and research assistant to Trevor Gould on several works including God's Window (2012) which is in the permanent collection of the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. B.D. Owens has shown his work in several group shows in Montreal, Glasgow and at MIX NYC 2012, in Brooklyn, New York. He currently serves on the Executive of the Scottish Artists Union and is studying in the Art, Society & Publics MFA Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design: University of Dundee.
B.D. Owens Artist Statement
Much of my sculpture practice falls into the category of ephemeral, transformative projects which I document with video, audio and still photographs. My permanent works are small and highly crafted intimate objects, some of which are modified 'found' objects. The major themes from which I draw include: consumer culture and entropy, as well as issues relating to identity, particularly in the areas of masculinity, religion, geography and colonialism.
I consider the semiotic values of each of the materials that I use, as well as the structural form itself, specifically in regard to historical and cultural contexts. I often use materials such as food, body fluids and skin (leather). By utilising familiar substances which relate to the body, my intention is to spur an intimate and visceral connection with the viewer.
I am interested in the realm of hermeneutics, which is essentially the lens through which an individual interprets the world, shaped by their social and cultural life experience. I deliberately make works which can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewer's hermeneutical standpoint, thus leaving room for an environment for discussion and further discovery.