Isadora Stowe is an American visual artist whose artwork focuses on the narrative of environment translated and coded into complex psychological landscapes. Her strong interest is in visual narratives, created out of symbolic code, or personal syntax, that explore memory as it relates to the construction, negotiation and interpretation of the sense of self.
Stowe grew up in the southwest border region, living and working in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. She credits these experiences with a heightened awareness of geographical and political boundaries; and a fascination with the exploration of identity of self in her work.
Her exhibition installations use symbolic codes repeated in juxtapositions that reinterpret and transcend their meanings. These narrative codes, such as a house with oversized succulents spouting from the roof, are painted directly on the exhibiting walls, along with the placed clusters of paintings ranging in sizes as small as two inches to three feet in diameter. These are lit with alternating colored lights in order to create shadows and support the sensory experience. In addition video projections of these symbolic drawings with reconstructed maps are projected on the wall with accompanying sound. The accompanying audio is a collection of sound recordings of various trips to the southwest border landscapes.
Stowe’s intentions of sensory inclusive exhibitions, are that the audience will make their own associations and memories within the imagery of reimagined maps and codes that intersect with sound.