Treasury of Song, 2006 Digital Ink Jet, ed. of 3


Deanna Bowen

A Space Windows

April 3 – May 1, 2010

The Hymnals series document a collection of hymnbooks discovered on a

road trip to Alabama in the summer of 2006 where I retraced my family’s

slave history and journey from a rural plantation in Pine Flat, Alabama.

A resolved body of work in its own right, the series is part of an

Interdisciplinary suite of works (Gospel) that explore complex notions

of trauma and recurrent sorrow. Alternately framed as a song of loss and

longing, the combined works form a surreal semi-autobiographical account

of a daughter’s repudiation of mother, family, and home. 


Deanna Bowen is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist and lecturer at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Bowen’s recent exhibition “sum of the parts: what can be named” was exhibited at V tape in Toronto in March 2010. Her touring solo exhibition “Stories to pass on…” will be shown at The Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, The Moosejaw Museum and Art Gallery, The Kenderdine Art Gallery, and The Ottawa Art Gallery beginning in late 2010.