Artist of the Day / Rebecca Crowell / Western Wisconsin

“Rebecca Crowell uses a kind of “memory mapping” to create her works which, although visually quite abstract, often still retain faint echoes of landscape and nature – its plant life, earth and rocks. For Crowell, rugged textures, earthy colors and a feeling of light, open spaces reveals her subliminal interest in the colours, mark-making and abstraction of at least a “memory” of landscape.”

‘Her process of working in multiple layers, cutting, scratching and digging back brings to mind the observation by Louis le Brocquy: “The painter, like the archaeologist, is a watcher, a supervisor of accident; patiently disturbing the surface of things until significant accident becomes apparent, recognising it, conserving this as best he can while provoking further accident. In this way a whole image, a whatness, may with luck gradually emerge almost spontaneously”. This is Crowell’s process too.’

‘Above all she has learned to “trust the process.” Crowell has written: “The goal in my process is not to render something in paint but to allow the paint to suggest a path through the work as it develops. I remain in charge of what to keep and what to discard, and how to structure and organize the image”

http://www.rebeccacrowell.com

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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5 Responses to Artist of the Day / Rebecca Crowell / Western Wisconsin

  1. mobius faith says:

    Now these are F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C.! Love these abstracts.

  2. I like the quietness in these pieces. They kind of remind me of walking through an old abandoned building and seeing the layers of paint peeling off the walls.

  3. barbaraelka says:

    Process as art…
    Very calming, indeed

  4. Cara Gonier says:

    One of my favorite artists. Nice to see her work on spotlight.

  5. nyparrot says:

    Just looking at these art makes me wanna to try and do something like this myself… I am not a painter though… but I’m gonna figure it out;)

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