Eileen Cowin

Eileen CowinArtist’s Statement

I am interested in the fine line between public and private, the representation of intimacy, the exploration of the familiar and the emotional content of the mundane. To best express this, I use multi-screen videos and/or multi-panel photographic installations to create narratives of contemporary life. Like the plays of Samuel Beckett where “nothing happens”, I am drawn to the extraordinariness of the ordinary and how, as a part of our shared history and memory, it can contribute to an understanding of our increasingly mediated world. I continue to use a disrupted or disjointed narrative, like flashbacks in a film. Sometimes, I think of myself as a cultural anthropologist using the participant observation method. I like the idea that studying your own “identity group” is not always thought to be reliable.

While thinking about how to come to terms with the current political and cultural climate where you have to be on your toes, be on the ball, be on the lookout and look over your shoulder, my work has been about unseen events and the uncertain future.

Website: eileencowin.com


Select Solo Exhibitions from 2008-2011

If I knew more, I would tell you, Posie Kviat Gallery, Hudson, New York

Simply Because You’re Near Me
, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, Calif.

Neither Here Nor There, Media Project, Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angeles

Select Group Exhibitions from 2008-2011

Meticulosity, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Narrative Interventions in Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81, MOCA, Los Angeles

15 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy Warhol, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Select Community-Based Artwork

How Many Billboards, Art in Stead, MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Fellowships and Awards

Santa Monica Artist Fellowship

Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant

Pasadena City College, Artist in Residence, Pasadena, Calif.


M.S., 1970,
Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago