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Carolyn Gowdy

Carolyn Gowdy is an American artist and illustrator, born in Seattle in 1956 and based in London since 1977. Gowdy studied at the University of Washington (1972-74); Rhode Island School of Design (1974-76); and the Royal College of Art, London (1977-80).

Gowdy has long been fascinated by the relationship between words and images, and her early works at the RCA were initially inspired by the writings of Simone de Beauvoir. England & Co held a solo exhibition/installation of her work in 2006 and have featured her feminist collage series, The Theatre of Women (1979-80). Gowdy's photographs from the 1970s were included in the gallery's presentation at Photo London in 2017.



Photography   

Drawings & works on paper



Tank - Details


Tank c 1979

Mixed media with collage
6.25 x 9 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Museum of Mankind - Details


Museum of Mankind c 1979

Mixed media with collage
16.25 x 14 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Waiting to be a woman - Details


Waiting to be a woman c 1979

Mixed media and collage
11.5 x 15.75 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

What is a woman without a man? - Details


What is a woman without a man? c 1979

Mixed media with collage
10 x 14.5 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

An Interview with the 'Ideal' Woman - Details


An Interview with the 'Ideal' Woman c 1980

Mixed media and collage
11 x 13 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

It's worth keeping a positive attitude - Details


It's worth keeping a positive attitude c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.75 x 6.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

Ideal Woman - Details


Ideal Woman c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
6.75 x 8.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

Chapter 5: approaching old age - Details


Chapter 5: approaching old age c 1979

Mixed media with collage on card
11 x 8 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Lips on stage - Details


Lips on stage c 1980

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.75 x 6.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

What should I wear today? - Details


What should I wear today? c 1980

Mixed media with collage on card
7.5 x 10.5 inches

  From The Ideal Woman's Scrapbook series

A Doubting Heart - Details


A Doubting Heart c 1979

Mixed media with collage on paper
7.25 x 8 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Stop being a wall flower - Details


Stop being a wall flower (detail) c 1979

Mixed media with collage on card
20 x 12 inches

  From The Theatre of Women series

Woman with Angel - Details


Woman with Angel c 1979

Mixed media on book cover
12.5 x 7 inches