Le Baptême de la Solitude follows from Alexander Jowett’s Horizon Lines series, in which simple lines are drawn in a meditative, repetitive manner to create contemplative, minimalist works of seascapes. Directly referencing Paul Bowles’ essay Le Baptême de la Solitude, and further inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novels Le Petit Prince and Wisdom of the Sands, this new series moves from simple seascape drawings into desert and ocean based abstractions, playing upon themes of solitude, isolation, and global trade, especially as it pertains to the spice routes.
In Le Baptême de la Solitude, Alexander Jowett uses mixed media (primarily vintage indigo cloths, raw denim, and linen) to reference a wide range of experiences of place and time, in addition to the global trade of treasured natural indigo dyes. The use of washed, raw linens, vintage indigo cloths and simple painted lines create roughened textural abstractions of a solitary natural experience of Wind, Sand, and Stars or ‘heaven and earth.’
Alexander Jowett is a peripatetic artist who has wandered the world observing and interacting with a global culture. His works focus on universally contemplative themes using minimalist means.