Residency Exhibition and New Work

My residency at the Armory Art Center has come to an end! I had such a great time teaching and making sculptures there!

Here are some images from my residency exhibition opening, along with some close ups of my new work.

DSC04406DSC04412DSC04414DSC04425New Work: The Prehistoric Circus

Elements of the circus in each of my sculptures represent the wonder in discovering prehistoric animals, and their amazing feats of evolution. The brightly colored drapery that adorns the broad back of an ancient giant brings about the impossible idea of a prehistoric circus; a tragic circus lost in time along with the animals themselves. Colors and intricate patterns are fading; the paint peels and wood rots away under heavy feet and wrinkled hide. My sculptures express the joy I find in the animal form while lavish decorations celebrate these creatures as the greatest show on earth.

The Pyramid of Pachyderms



About Ariel Bowman

I grew up in Dallas, Texas where I learned to love nature, animals, and art. I graduated with a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. I am currently working towards my MFA in ceramics at the University of Florida. This blog serves as a way for my friends and family, as well as anyone interested in my work, to view not only the finished pieces, but some of the process as well. You can subscribe to this blog to keep up to date on what I am currently working on in the studio, research, new sources, and exhibitions.
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2 Responses to Residency Exhibition and New Work

  1. Markus says:

    This is really one of the coolest pieces of paleo-art I have ever seen! It´s really great! To show those prehistoric proboscideans in a circus fashion is really a wonderful idea. When I look at those strange and exotic extinct beasts in a similar way as I would look at modern circus elephants, it reminds me that many of our modern extant animals like elephants, rhinos and many more are not really lesser wonderful and bizarre than their ancient predecessors.

    • Donna says:

      I’m a geologist and think this is brilliant! I love the whimsical approach and the very meticulous attention to anatomical detail. Ariel, I think you’re a prodigy.

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