Artist Statement “Homegrown”
The Homegrown series is about local food. The paintings explore the movement of food from farm and waters to markets and to table. The paintings also celebrate the beauty of these foods: the intricate colors in a bunch of collards, the way onions can appear pearlescent. I have enjoyed exploring the colors and shapes in each and every one.
Woven through these pieces are my food memories and stories, a sort of autobiography in food. The food memories begin in my native mountains with the foods my grandmother grew and cooked daily. In 1979, I first came to the coast of North Carolina and have since spent more years here than in my native mountains. So the traditional foods of eastern NC are celebrated as well.
I hope this work sparks conversations about your food memories and our magnificent local food.
My current work continues to explore the beauty of simple objects and scenes, as well as the shared memories they can invoke.
About the Artist
Angela Rowe is a native of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina. Although she grew up drawing and making objects, she took other career paths, working an architectural historian, in arts administration, and managing high complexity global projects for IBM.
Since 2013 Angela has focused on making art, maintaining a studio practice at ACME Art Studios since 2014. She received an AFA in Visual Art from Cape Fear Community College In May 2018.
Primarily a painter, she also works in mixed media, print making and ceramics.