Burnin’ Down the House: The Artwork of Alexandra Bowers


Pyrography, pyrogravure, or more typically wood burning, is the art of creating imagery on wood through the use of a heated metal tools such as a poker or specialty wands resembling soldering irons. A large range of tones and shades can be achieved. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. Even a steady hand, a magnifying lens, and direct sunlight can create some very satisfying “fire writing” studies. And, as we all know, sunshine is in no short supply in Arizona. For a native, that burning heat can be a tool as well as a point of inspiration.


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Growing up here, Alexandra Bowers became inspired by plants and animals that survive and thrive in our extreme climate. Influenced by biological study, her works involve a combination of field research and scientific illustration.   By focusing on heat, she found a commonality between her subject matter and medium. The plants and animals presented in the series “Rooted”, at Practical Art during January, span all elevation and climate zones found in the state of Arizona.

“Rooted” by Alexandra Bowers
Exhibition: January 2nd- January 31st, 2013
Reception for the Artists: Friday January 4th, 2013
ft. live music by jazz musician Alan Jones!



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