Dr. Roewan Crowe

Women's & Gender Studies

Dr. Roewan Crowe

Academic Biography

Multidisciplinary artist and Professor Roewan Crowe is energized by acts of disruption, radical transformation and the tactical deployment of self-reflexivity. Born under the big skies of Saskatchewan and raised in scofflaw Alberta, Crowe left the prairies to deepen her engagements with art and feminism, and to do graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. A return to the prairies inspired art and writing centered on queer feminist reclamation practices to ask questions about the land, whiteness and queer settler identities.

In her artistic practice she often enters into fatal wounded landscapes—sometimes violent and xenophobic —to explore possibilities for regeneration. Recent work includes: digShift (ongoing), a decolonizing and environmental reclamation project using site specific performance and multichannel installation to explore the shifting layers of an abandoned gas station; Lifting Stone, a queer femme performance/installation creating intimate stone encounters; and the queer Western text Quivering Land (ARP), a gritty feminist meditation on the possibilities of art to reckon with the ongoing legacies of violence and colonization.

Her longstanding community practice is concerned with creating space for and building engaged feminist/queer/artistic communities. Her scholarly work seeks to open meaningful encounters with art through feminist engagement with a particular focus on artistic practitioner knowledges, collaboration, collectivity, and artistic processes.

Recently, as part of the artist collective, CONSTELACIONES, she traveled with artists Helene Vosters, Monica Martinez, Christina Hajjar, and Doris Difarnecio to the Atacama Desert in Chile (2016) to perform and create a monument, an unauthorized sound sculpture with ceramic forms created by Martinez. CONSTELACIONES embodies collective healing through art-making, kinship and vulnerability—rejecting isolation, silence, and disconnection in the face of trauma. They are in the process of creating a digital book, Return Atacama, that will be published with HemiPress.

Roewan's most recent endeavour is the greenhouse: a feminist artlab for making and thinking. This space is a feminist art experiment, a space that focuses on artistic process and transparency. The greenhouse artlab opens possibilities for: the creation of new artistic works and research; collaboration on art projects with other artists, scholars, and community members; hosting artist residencies and working with students/community members on artistic/creative projects.

Roewan Crowe is an Associate Professor and currently the WGS Chair.  Sometimes she updates her blog.