Phyllis McGowan

Phyllis McGowan’s practice is concerned with expressing repressed emotion and develops instinctively from her felt experience across forms including sculpture, sound and performance. Current work is about, unearthing and reactivating the animism of objects, in order to look at what we are losing, wasting, metaphorically and literally as a society. It is influenced by feminist themes of language and myth and unfolds intuitively with materials, words and found objects.


Phyllis McGowan was born in Glasgow and graduated with a First-Class BA Hons in Fine Art (Sculpture & Environmental Art) in 2018 from Glasgow School of Art. Since graduating she has shown at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh (2018) and with VAS Scotland at the Tatha Gallery (2018) and with Ingram Young Contemporaries at the Cello Factory in London (2018). She was awarded The Ingram Young Contemporary Purchase Prize for her sculpture Blue Bonnet. (2018). Currently, she has been awarded a Luminate Scotland Professional Development Artist’s Bursary (2019) to develop new work initiated from research carried out on residency in December 2018 with WASPS at the Admirals House in Skye.