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Bowers created this special painting to support moCa's mission. Portraying indigenous plants alongside a quote by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Inseparably Linked, Local Plant Studies embodies the delicate balance of nature and echoes the pressing issues of delicate ecosystems across the country. The hand-painted flora sit on a substrate that Bowers builds by layering and collaging pieces of cardboard. The material harkens to protest signs while the thick scale reminds us of the trees from which the cardboard originally came.

Acrylic on cardboard

20 x 20 x 3 inches

Estimated value: $27,000-$37,000

Recognized by The New York Times as "one of America’s foremost political artists," Andrea Bowers collaborates with activists to create artworks that drive change. Following her acclaimed 2022 retrospective at MCA Chicago and the Hammer, Bowers created a new body of work for a 2024 multi floor, multi-venue exhibition with moCa called Exist, Flourish, Evolve that builds awareness and action around the dangers facing Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. In partnership with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Bowers's project includes a new documentary, new drawings and sculptures, and a monumental neon public artwork installed on the Great Lakes Science Center.

Andrea Bowers

Inseparably Linked, 

Local Plant Studies, 2024


Andrea Bowers

Andrea Bowers (b. 1964, Ohio) is a Los Angeles-based artist who has been recording and amplifying the work of activists present and past for more than two decades. Her multi-media practice includes drawing, video, sculpture, and installation work that foregrounds the experience of the people who dedicate their time and energy to the struggle for gender, racial, environmental, labor, and immigration justice and those who are directly affected by systemic inequality. Over time, her different bodies of work have become a document of the changing language, prerogatives, and dynamics of social justice movements. In 2021 a major mid-career survey of Bowers’s work curated by Michael Darling and Connie Butler opened at the MCA Chicago and traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2022. Other recent solo exhibitions include Grief and Hope, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany and Light and Gravity, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany. In September 2022, Bowers opened a solo exhibition including both new and existing work at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Milano as part of an exhibition program organized by the Fondazione Furla. Bowers is represented by Vielmetter Los Angeles, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto, and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

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