Approved: 06.01.2008

Isobel Crawford

Artist

Approved: 06.01.2008

Central to my practice is the investigation of uninhabited places- domestic, public and imaginary. In doing so, I realise that I am driven, not by the high drama of life, rather the mundane, everyday repetitive routines that ensure survival and encapsulate culture and identity. Although my practice is rooted in the present, there is an awareness of the history of place, people and objects and in common

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  • Location: Colwyn Bay, Wales
 

Biography

Central to my practice is the investigation of uninhabited places- domestic, public and imaginary. In doing so, I realise that I am driven, not by the high drama of life, rather the mundane, everyday repetitive routines that ensure survival and encapsulate culture and identity. Although my practice is rooted in the present, there is an awareness of the history of place, people and objects and in common with other artists I will look to the past when seeking solutions for the present. It is more important for me to elicit an emotional response rather than a literal interpretation of place that I may share with the viewer. "Perfect Princess Series" Investigation of the photographed portrait using porcelain dolls enabled exploration of lighting and technique without the need to flatter the subject. In using these inanimate objects, something strange began to happen as they emerged from the printer. Behind their perfect porcelain facade there seemed to be an impression of intelligent life in their eyes, some looking indifferently, others with a more malevolent air.Although cherished by many, they have the ability to disconcert the viewer with their gaze. This investigation has evolved into an exploration of the porcelain doll and the people that collect them.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - BA(Hons) Fine Art Degree (1st Class) , Coleg Menai, Bangor Group exhibitions 2010 - "Cynefin", Galeri Ianto, Beaumaris, North Wales 2010 - Open Exhibition, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales 2010 - Oriel Bangor 2010 Open Art Exhibition Selectors Prize, Oriel Bangor, Bangor North Wales 2008 - Signature Photography Awards, The Empire Gallery, London 2007 - CUDDFAN - HIDING PLACE, Art Space, Galeri, Caernarfon Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Photography Intern, Arts Council of Wales, Wales & Venice Biennale 2011 2010 - Oriel Bangor 2010 Open Art Exhibition Selectors Prize, Oriel Bangor, North Wales 2010 - Oriel Wrecsam Open Exhibition, Amatuer Prize, Oriel Wrecsam, Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 1Au 2009 - Oriel Bangor Open Competition, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, North Wales 2008 - Oriel Bangor Open Competition, Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor, North Wales 2008 - Safle Graduate Award short list, Safle, Cardiff Educational experience - tertiary 2002 - Access to Art and Design, Llandrillo College, Rhos-on-Sea Other 2010 - Melt Art Fair, Mile End Pavillion, Mile End Park, E3 4Y 2009 - Stills photographer on set of Sherlock Holmes, Global Asylum Films, North Wales 2008 - Photomonth Photo-Open, Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL