Artist, writer, curator and teacher Roewan Crowe is energized by acts of disruption, radical transformation. Born under the big skies of Saskatchewan and raised in scofflaw Alberta, Crowe left the prairies to deepen her engagement with art and feminism, and to do graduate studies in community psychology and arts-based research at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. After completing her doctoral studies, a return to the prairies inspired art and writing centered on queer feminist reclamation practices that ask questions about the land. Roewan Crowe is an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg and Co-Director of The Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies.
Artist/Research statement: In her artistic practice, Roewan Crowe 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 poetic encounters; and the queer Western Quivering Land (ARP Books), 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. In collaboration with Mentoring Artist for Women’s Art she organized and curated Art Building Community, a project that saw the launch of ten new works and a weekend symposium. Her scholarly work seeks to open meaningful encounters with art through feminist engagement. She is particularly interested in exploring and writing about artistic practitioner knowledges and artistic processes. Recently, with collaborator Michelle Meagher, she published the article, “Letting Something Else Happen: A Collaborative Encounter with the Work of Sharon Rosenberg” in Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Roewan Crowe is an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg and Co-Director of The Institute for Women’s & Gender Studies.