Rowena Boyd


Visual Art


Through her paintings, Rowena Boyd aims to confuse and excite the eye, whilst physically pushing the boundaries of what can be done with encaustic paint as a material. Crafting ambiguous layered surfaces that strongly engage the somatic senses and peripheral vision, generating sensory perplexity and visual unrest.

The consuming and visually seductive tactile surfaces the artist creates by accreting thousands of thin, colourful molten beeswax layers upon a support suggest gravity, skin, pressure, liquid, solid, and molten forms. Resonating within the body both viscerally and at ones fingertips. Prompting us to think about physical sensations and material ambiguities, the processes Rowena uses in her practice provokes the desire to touch, stimulating sensory intimacy, curiosity and pleasure.


Rowena Boyd is an Australian emerging artist. Through her experimental painting practice she explores questions about multisensory perceptual processes, predominantly focusing on the links between vision and the somatic senses. In 2017 she completed a three-month artist residency at Bolivia Sostenible in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and also spent four months as the resident studio artist at La Calera in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2015 and 2016 she lived in Berlin, Germany, undertaking an artist residency at the Institut für Alles Mögliche. Rowena completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours at the Australian National University School of Art in 2012. She is currently based in Canberra.

Through her practice-based research, Rowena has recently been exploring the diversity of sensory expression and the differences that occur in the organisation of sensory hierarchies across cultures. In particular, the ways in which these differences manifest within indigenous artistic and cultural practices, where, in contrast to their western counterparts, a more fluid, multimodal concept of the senses often exists. She is interested in dissecting what painting, particularly abstraction, can reveal about knowledge, perceptual mechanisms and sensory experience, and is fascinated by the intersection between art and science.



1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Nishi Gallery