Lowe’s practice often starts with research. Her current work shows a deep interest in the relationships between science and art, the psyche, and studies of human consciousness. The many-layered paintings incorporate an interplay of text fragments, intuitive marks, diagrammatic figures, open areas of eroded color, and recognizable images. This combination is intended to engage various mechanics of perception – empirical, rational, relational, intuitive, abstract, and symbolic. Lowe has a cultivated interest in archetypal and metaphorical associations and offers images that invite opportunities for engagement at many levels. Some inclusions are so small and subtle as to be seen only with closest examination and suggest the quantum world underlying all experience. Lowe’s body of work ranges from recognizable likenesses to entirely abstract terrains. Consistent through all of her work is a meditative aspect proposing that no thought or thing is utterly passive or inert but charged with complex content and a sentient presence.
After receiving her MFA at Indiana University, Lowe taught university and graduate students for fifteen years in Illinois. She left her academic position, moved from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest, and began full-time studio work. Lynda Lowe’s artwork has been widely exhibited in over forty solo exhibitions in galleries and museums across the country. She was the recipient of two Artist Fellowships, and several assistance grants from the Illinois Arts Council, named a Distinguished Resident of Ragdale Foundation’s arts colony, received a Ford Foundation research grant, and was a finalist of the Neddy Award. Her work can be found in many private and public collections and museums, most notably Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Glass, the Art and Embassy program in Bern, Switzerland, the Illinois State Museum of Art, the St. George Museum of Art, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Seattle University