A selection of acrylic paintings and mono prints by local artist Dana Lowe adorn the walls of Full of Beans cafe, Pasadora Place, this month.
The works are colourful and vibrant, inspired by the bright light of Cayman, says Lowe. The exhibition includes some ‘art interventions’ – which the artist describes as interactions with previous a existing artwork, audience or venue space.
“I always remembered the strangeness of bowdlerised school books,” she explains. “I played with this idea by taking a book of nursery rhymes, then blacking out some of the words from the poems to create words or a new story with a very different atmosphere.”
Mono-printing, another technique she uses, is a form of print-making where images or lines can only be made once.
“My mono prints are made by rolling printing ink onto a flat surface, placing paper or canvas on the print and drawing on the back. The pressure from the drawing leaves an ink mark on the other side of the paper. The process is experimental because it is impossible to judge exactly how the printed image will turn out.”
Her youngest son, Joshua, is also participating in the exhibition with some artistic contributions of his own: three felt-tip drawings of dragons, drawn entirely from his imagination.
Lowe has not always painted full time. In fact, her former occupations include lawyer and university lecturer in law. She has also taken various courses in art and history of art. Since moving to Cayman, she has turned her attention to art as a full time occupation.
More recently she has been exploring the world of line drawing and photography and hopes to feature some of these works in her next exhibition.