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Crystal Cawley - This Must Take A Long Time

  • Speedwell Projects 630 Forest Avenue Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

"The work here represents seven years of exploration and the development of a new visual vocabulary... a change from the small, hand-held paper work I made for many years. I'm interested in seeing what happens when I apply a process that has mostly been done on paper, like woodcut or letterpress printing, to fabric; or the inverse, working traditional embroidery stitches into paper. This cross-pollination is invigorating and challenging, as are the odd, discarded materials I find to use. My dress forms, garments, and accessories are stand-ins for ideas about the passage of time, loss, identity, and mortality--some of what it means to be human."

Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing.