"Jean Lowe is a noted American painter and sculptor known for her three-dimensional works of enamel-painted papier-mâché. Lowe received her BA from UC Berkeley in 1983, and her MFA from UC San Diego in 1988 where she served as a visiting lecturer from 1992 to 2008.
Jean Lowe creates three-dimensional sculptural representations of everyday objects using papier-mâché, French for “chewed paper”, and enamel paint. Her humorous and subversive installations question intellectual and cultural institutions and societal assumptions.
Lowe is known for her large collection of papier-mâché books with evocative and amusing titles such as Accelerated Zen Buddhism: How to Win at the Hereafter, Anxiety: The Unexploited Weight Loss Tool, and Who’s Who in American Prisons.
Her work Books and Ideas in an Age of Anxiety comprises a collection of them in display cases and is situated in Byers Hall at UCSF as part of the J. Michael Bishop Art Collection at Mission Bay.
Lowe is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA”