“There’s a bit of a narrative to this one,” she said. “Each figure shows a different way someone might respond to a problem. One is passing it off to someone else. One is just avoiding it. The other is taking it on and is working with it.”
McCowan is a retired high school art teacher, and has worked as an artist for between 20 and 30 years.
“Clay sculpture was always fun for the students. When I retired, I was able to take it up full time, and painting as well,” she said.
McCowan says she’s always been interested in figure work.
“Clay is a wonderful material to work with, because it’s expressive in its own right. Sometimes I’ll start working with clay and I don’t know what I’m going to do, but the clay tells me,” she said. “There’s a lot of expression in my work, with the faces and the hands.”
McCowan says she felt honoured for her work to be featured alongside the other pieces in the competition.