McGowan creates immersive installations that encompass painterly methods and techniques. Drawn to the intersection between the natural world and the manmade, her installations frequently combine these two components in irregular formations. There is a sense of play here as the materializations become part of a visual narrative that is orchestrated, in a light- hearted but intentional space. These objects place an emphasis on materiality, the focus directed to them by the eluding forms. These sculptures appear polished, architectural, natural and body- like.
Engaging with current political and environmental anxieties occurring from our present climate of global uncertainty, McGowan’s work not only distorts the boundaries of medium but also questions borders amongst viewer and artwork, the organic and synthetic, the natural, spiritual and social worlds. McGowan wants her immersive environments to provide the prospect for another experience or world other than the one we know in everyday life.