My research considers the porous relationship between material and method. As a sculptor and maker, the exciting opportunities that occur while exploring connections between methodology and material drives my practice forward. Medium that retains touch and memory through various modes are employed when creating art that is instinctual and self-reflective. Exploring elemental entanglement, my work considers the potentialities of process, expressing an affinity between art and alchemy. We are surrounded by many ‘things’ in the world; how can sculpture endeavor to provide a divergent relation with objects and the material they are made from?

Materially, the resulting sculptural work investigates extracted elements, geological histories, and their use in world-building. Plaster, cement, ceramics, copper, glass, and stone, all materials employed when building infrastructures are employed throughout. Sculpture, whether monumental or intimate, operates on a metaphorical level as a convergent link to an elemental world.

Additionally, my research troubles itself to examine ways in which place is entwined with embedded lived histories as informed by matters of race, gender, capitalism, and settler colonization. From a grounded position as a mother, artist and human that consciously chooses to live on and with the earth, I approach my materials with respect and curiosity; through my labor and care, the work I make weaves a dialogue between material, place, and time.


D’Andrea Bowie is an artist living and working in the rural outskirts of Toronto. Her current research investigates contemporary propositions when recontextualizing the monument, specifically through a feminist and materialistic lens that highlights reciprocity between maker, material and time. D’Andrea has recently completed a Master of Fine Arts from York University where she was awarded a SSHRC Research Scholarship, CGS Master’s Scholarship and the Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award. As a mature student, D’Andrea completed her BFA at OCADU in Sculpture & Installation in 2017 where she was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Her work has been included in multiple group shows as well as the solo exhibition, Affordance, at the Station Gallery in Whitby. Along with gallery exhibitions, her work has also been shown in community spaces and alternative outdoor spaces and is held in private collections internationally. 

As I live and love on this land and commit to caring for it, I acknowledge the people who have been stewards of it for time immemorial. We stand on the traditional lands of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples; the GTA  continues to be home to many diverse First Nations people. The area I reside in is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands. We are also part of the Dish With One Spoon  Treaty, an agreement to share and protect the land so that no one’s dish is ever empty. As I continue to figure out how to be a good treaty person, learning and speaking of its history helps keep its inhabitants human and non in living memory. The land we stand on holds a deep geological history which bears acknowledging, I express gratitude to the rocks and minerals that remain beneath our feet and those extracted to build and power this crazy world around us and from which I make my art.

“I feel very strongly that I am under the influence of things or questions which were left incomplete and unanswered by my parents and grandparents and more distant ancestors.” Carl Jung in Memories, Dreams, Reflection.



2023 Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts, York University, Toronto
2011-2017 BFA OCADU, Sculpture and Installation, Toronto


2023 Peinture fraiche et nouvelle construction 2023, group exhibition, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
2023 Escarpment/Erasure, group outdoor art exhibition, Ravenna, Ontario
2023 Plural Art Fair, Central Art Garage, Montreal, Quebec
2023 GRIT, solo exhibition, The Fireside Lounge, York University, Toronto, Ontario
2023 a juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch, group exhibition, Collision Gallery, Toronto
2023 Bind, group exhibition, Special Projects Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
2022 Papier Contemporary Art Fair, group exhibition, Central Art Garage, Montréal, Québec
2022 Conveyance, group exhibition, Central Art Garage, Ottawa, Ontario
2022 With And For, Special Projects Gallery, York University, Toronto, Ontario
2022 Gaining Ground, group exhibition, Fusion Clay and Glass, London, Ontario
2021 Art Toronto, group exhibition, Central Art Garage, Toronto, Ontario
2020 Exoteric Design, group exhibition, Design TO 2020, JJ Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2020 Affordance, solo exhibition, Central Art Garage, Ottawa, Ontario
2019 Affordance, solo exhibtion, Station Gallery, Whitby, Ontario
2018 Get Noticed, Red Head Gallery, Juried new artist show, Toronto, Ontario
2018 22nd Juried Grad Exhibition, Sculptors Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario
2017 moving islands are restless, The Theatre Center, Toronto, Ontario (solo BFA thesis exhibition)
2015 The Elastic Effect, curated group show, Toronto, Ontario
2015 Repair Centre, Wychwood Barns, Toronto, Ontario (A Repair Story, artist talk)
2015 Festival of the Body, OCADU Toronto, Ontario
2014 The Artist Project, selected artist for Installation Zone, Toronto, Ontario
2013 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, exhibiting artist, Toronto, Ontario
2013 playing House making Home, Aurora Cultural Center, Aurora, Ontario


2023 – Selected artist team with partner Michael Belmore for Forests Artwork Commission at Mulock Park, Newmarket, Ontario
2022-2023 – Teaching Assistant at York University; Introduction to Moldmaking (studio) and The Photographic Experience (online)
2017 to current – Assistant to Michael Belmore, duties include rock carving and logistics for public art projects such as Landmarks, 2017
2019 to 2020 – Art instructor at Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
Summer 2017 – Teacher Assistant to April Hickox for OCADU Living Lab Gibraltar Point Residency, also ran pit firing workshop, Toronto Island
May 2015 – Commission for installation of ceramic sculptures for Byblos Restaurant, Miami, South Beach
September 2013 – June 2014 Assistant to Adrienne Alison, War of 1812 Monument for Parliament Hill and General Curry Monument


Summer 2019 D’Andrea Bowie: Affordance by Olexander Wlasenko
July 31, 2013 Playing house at the Aurora Cultural Centre by Chris Simon


2023 Scholarship to participate in Creative Climate Leadership Canada Conference
2021- 2022 CIBC Fine Arts Student Award (in collaboration with Erica Stocking PhD candidate)
2022 SSHRC, Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship
2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (offered)
2021-2022 York University Graduate Fellowship
2021-2022 Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award
2018 Artcast Award at Sculptor Society of Canada Juried Grad show
2017 Project 31 Sculpture/Installation Award
2017 Samuel Lazar Kagan Award
2017 Nominated for the BMO 1st Art! Competition
2016, 2017 Shortlisted First Capital Realty Public Art Competition
2015/2016 Sully Corth Memorial Fund Sculpture Scholarship