K Gow is an applied artist working with a range of materials to create beautiful pieces and work which promotes discussion. Along with the wearable artwork and homeware she creates for Glass Island Studios, Gow also creates private commissions and individual artwork from a variety of media.
In 2022 Gow was shortlisted for the prestigious John Byrne Award for her installation ‘Remote / Far Away’, which bears the words ‘It’s only Remote if the things that matter are far away’ cut into artificially aged steel.
The work was temporarily installed on an abandoned signpost at Feolin Ferry, Isle of Jura, in spring 2021 – an uninhabited location chosen specifically to challenge visitors perceptions of the island and its community of 250 people as they arrived and departed.
The installation was created in response to the oft uttered question from visitors who struggle to comprehend the physical and psychological distance between the lives of those in small communities on offshore islands and their own daily existence in the urban sprawl, failing to recognise that what is ‘remote’ to them may be central to islanders.