Justin Bowles "Sparkle Force Field" Paper and Plastic on Paper 96” x 96”
I moved to Memphis 5 years ago for graduate school and have been happy I've stayed. As a grad student, I had the opportunity to meet and be influenced by members of the art community, which was integral to my development as an artist. There are many artists here that I admire. I'm grateful for their commitment, encouragement and inspiration. In other places I've lived the art community was not so accessible, but here I feel an attitude of support, as well as space for each artist's unique endeavors.
Justin Bowles was born in Little Rock and spent most of her childhood in the woods of northwest Arkansas, picking blackberries, listening to the whip-poor-wills, and catching lightning bugs. She has lived lots of places, including Kansas City, New Orleans, and Ocean City, Maryland, where she worked the prize counter at a giant video arcade on the boardwalk. She attended Ouachita Baptist University and graduated from The University of Kansas with degrees in English and Sculpture. Justin received her MFA from Memphis College of Art and still loves chasing lightning bugs.