Plowman’s work presents us with images of internal conflict, especially in contrast to his more serene life drawings. ‘I do have a fascination with iconography and great religious works of art,’ Plowman responds. ‘The gravitas that is associated with religious works is mesmerising - my musings have always been about how do you attempt this, when my inherit beliefs have been challenged and my very real experiences with death hold no great ‘other’ knowledge’.
‘I think most of my work contains a duality, from the materials used, the construction, the underdrawings and multiple views to the intentional meaning in the work … Nothing is black and white, life is complicated and so are people and relationships and therefore so is art’. Nic Plowman, 2016. -Exert from essay by Dr. Jonathan McBurnie