Rowen Foster grew up in Austin and is currently based in Seattle, studied sculpture and creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute, and is a graduating 3D4M MFA student from University of Washington. In creating surreal hybrids and abject bodies, Rowen integrates queer, feminist, disability, and affect theories with pop culture and myths through large-scale installations.
Rowen works representationally with human anatomy, oscillating between realism, surrealism, and abstraction to create abject body forms and monstrous hybrids. These bodily explorations facilitate nuanced conversations about gender and sexuality that question constrictive stigmas imposed onto individuals based on their anatomy, assumed identity, or how they present. These sculptures raise questions about the dehumanizing impact of social constructs and violence while pointing to the potential for embodiment to be a site for change and possibility.
- Adair Rounthwaite, Chair
- Michael Swaine
- Stephanie Hanes
- Rob Rhee
- MFA, 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture, University of Washington, 2022
- BFA, Sculpture + Creative Writing, Kansas City Art Institute, 2018
Exhibitions + Awards
- 2021 – Just an Ordinary Day, CMA, University of Washington, Seattle
- 2021 – The Reordering of Things, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- 2021 – Closed House, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- 2019 – Fake Parts, group show, Something Else Collective House, Dallas, TX
- 2018 – Expo 2018 Award, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
- 2017 – Process Space Art Festival Residency, Ruse, Bulgaria
Excerpt from commentary by Kascha Semonovitch
Rowen Foster lives with a pig. For a recent sculpture, Animal, they kept his bristles and inserted them into the back of a prostrate gelatin figure. The pig is male, but the sculpted body has female characteristics. Such amalgamation of human and animal characterizes most of Foster’s work. Literally and metaphorically, Foster obfuscates the line between genders and species.