Claire Cowie

James Harris Gallery

Though Claire Cowie trained as a printmaker, she’s best known for the figurine-style sculptures she assembles out of doll parts and animal knickknacks and then casts in resin. As much homely mutant hybrid as sweet keepsake, the figures, which are painted in runny watercolors, often seem to be struggling against their support, be it a dainty cupcakelike base or a wide, clear blue platform. The instability of horizons and frames is Cowie’s true subject and one within which her fine sense of sweet and cruel, and how they often resemble one another, is given full play.

For her second one-person outing at this gallery, Cowie returned to two-dimensional work, presenting a series of collages recycled from old prints and watercolors. Her subject is the area around her Seattle studio, a neighborhood dominated by scenes of industry—cement factories, commercial fishing boats, the cranes that lift

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