When you were young, did you ever dream of living in make believe places? Like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, The Jetson’s futuristic abode or maybe the Smurfs’ village? The work of Tory Cowles reminds me of the bright, whimsical worlds that inhabit our childhoods.
Given that Cowles’ background includes working in interior design, woodworking and carpentry, it makes perfect sense that her abstract mixed media work would have an architectural quality.
She’s creating landscapes full of whimsy and imagination, an abstracted, make-believe toyland where you might feel like you looking right into Candyland.
Cowles’ work reminds me of hours spend building houses and worlds out of anything we could find– blocks, spools, pipe cleaners, my grandmother’s colorful Tupperware. Worlds that appeal to the child in all of us, yet are sophisticated enough for adult eyes.
To see more of Tory Cowles’ work, please visit her website.
Featured image is #495, mixed media, 60×48. All images are via the artist’s website.