In 1994, Howell was born in a tiny town in the Fingerlakes Region of Upstate New York. From a young age art was always her favorite subject. Howell graduated from the University of the Arts in 2016 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Painting and Material Studies. During her schooling, Howell was a visual intern for Anthropologie and Top Buttons. She currently creates and resides in Philadelphia, PA. Howell has shown locally in Philadelphia in a solo senior exhibition and appearance with Fire and Air Gallery in a group show in 2017. She has also shown internationally in a three person show in Florence, Italy with artist Lorenzo Pezzatini. Her work has been featured in Champion of Empty Rooms Zine publications and Wunderkind Magazine. In 2017, Howell was the Ted Carey Prize Recipient. Howell currently is a resident at the Jasper Studios and represented by the UUUArtcollective in Rochester, NY
The waterfall that once poured into a clear pond at my favorite hiking spot doesn’t even trickle anymore. This waterless waterfall is horrifying, but also strangely beautiful. The sun still hits the peek and glimmers off the sedimentary boulders bouncing from top to top until it reaches the now small mud puddle at its base. These striking scenes are catalyst to my current work that speaks to both the vast picturesque landscapes we see on postcards and the beauty I find in the decomposing vistas. I investigate such imagery through silk painting, wax and stitching. In its deteriorated state the wax speaks to the landscapes’ decay and destruction. The layers of the work – dye, then wax, followed by dye, then stitching – allude to a landscape that was formed, then altered, then formed again just like the many landscapes that surrounded me as a child.
Behind the work are several dualities: permanence and impermanence, the beauty of a pristine landscape and the beauty in its decay, my condemnation of the devastation of nature and my appreciation of the beauty that can result. The work is not political, seeking to call attention to the devastating results of environmental unconsciousness rather, it investigates my conflicting emotional response to landscape, now so often ruined by humans, a conflict that I see as fertile ground for art making.
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