Truman Lowe: Spiritual Migrations
October 30, 2014–January 18, 2015
Truman Lowe, Feather Canoe, Wood, feather’s wire, 1993
Within sight of the Milwaukee River, this installation of Truman Lowe’s canoe sculptures is perfect for MOWA’s Atrium. A nationally recognized sculptor, Lowe, a Ho-Chunk from Black River Falls, predominantly uses wood, specifically willow saplings, to craft elegant yet symbolic work. His canoe sculptures deeply resonate with the artist: “If I have a religion, it must be canoeing...I canoe wherever there’s water. It puts me in a totally different state of mind and provides all I need to exist,” he says. A classic Native American form, the canoe is both a vehicle and a vessel, as well as a symbol of the journey from life to death.
Truman discusses his non-operational-yet-beautiful canoes