Photo: Sandra Crisp in London

Sandra Crisp

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Sandra Crisp’s work incorporates appropriated online visuals stored in a digital archive which are reworked over time. Through a process of continual sampling/recycling/layering new connections evolve between the diverse elements of media images, Internet text/graphics and personal photos. This process and these images explore today’s constant saturation of images and information. Current practice includes video, 3d animation, GIFs, code-based work and large format digital prints.

Visuals from the digital realm – The vast deluge of continually transforming information on the Internet are juxtaposed with those from physical reality, such as the city. Digital is used by the artist as a tool to ‘think through’ conceptual ideas including recent themes based upon non-stop 24/7 news media and Twitter for example. The appearance of perpetual movement across the work suggests the continually refreshing nature of the Internet where one image/ text/video/blog/Tweet is rapidly replaced by the next.

The amalgamation of diverse digital elements is presented in the form of non-linear narratives akin to a visual stream of consciousness and complexity across the surface of both static image, and video work gradually emerges over often long periods – Forming ‘memory surfaces’ over time.

Images with their origins on the Internet become ingrained in memory – attached to other bits of personal information, ideas and concepts:  A cyclical process of internalising information from ‘out there’, through my own thinking space and then releasing it outwards again…. Collecting, collating, making sense and discovering what is meaningful.

Various open-source, free and off-the shelf programs are manipulated in experimental ways that often contradict their usual purpose. Serendipity offered by the medium is pivotal and inspired by the alchemy of previous lithography and etching practice in printmaking.

Spatial aesthetics, colour and form are also of key importance to structure/ disrupt the work. Process-based, Appropriation and New Media art are also key influences.

Sandra is currently working on a new multi-layered video project exploring real and imaginary cities/spaces, 3d models and online mapping apps, such as Google Earth.

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Location London
Activities Higher education, Further education, Workshops
Artforms / type of project Digital, Film & Video, Printmaking
Tags experimental, abstract, process, code, complexity, saturation

News & Events

  • Printmaking Today Artist's Eye Feature, Manipulating the Media, Volume 23 No 1 Spring 2014

    Article published as part of the Printmaking Today Award for large-format prints exhibited Print International, Oriel Wrecsam, North Wales 2013.

  • This 'Me' of Mine

    21/10/2013 – 05/01/2014
    Ipswich Art School Gallery, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service,, Suffolk

    Final iteration of ACE funded, group touring exhibition.

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  • Simultan Festival 2013, Romania

    10/10/2013 – 12/10/2013
    Sinagoga din Cetate, Casa Artelor, Timisoara

    Video Screening

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  • Danube Video Art Festival, Austria

    18/10/2013 – 20/10/2013
    Stadtkino Grein, Grein

    Film Festival

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