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images/exhibits/pastimages/2003/JeanLowe Jean Lowe: The Course of the Empire
September 14–November 30, 2003
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San Diego artist Jean Lowe is known for her life-sized installations in which she creates elaborately decorated period rooms from paint, canvas, enamel, resin, and papier-mâché. Her salon rooms, often drawing on 18th- and 19th-century French design, are forums in which she inverts the original purpose of the salon (for the aristocracy) to critique social, political, economic, and cultural issues within our own culture. Lowe's opinions on land development, ecology, agricultural practice, and a host of other social concerns are "hidden" in plain view in these beautifully rendered paintings, furniture, books, and carpets. She has adapted the title of her installation from Thomas Cole's 19th-century painting series "The Course of Empire," a five painting visual commentary on nature and the way in which humans affect nature by "civilizing" it through descruction of the land. Jean Lowe is an artist in residence.