Carol Crawford

Carol Lehrer Crawford was born in Sydney, Australia. From a very young age, she has been a day-dreamer and fascinated with objects and artistic pursuits. It was when she came in contact with Tom Bass early in the 2000’s, that the world of sculpture was opened up to her. Bass became her mentor and teacher. She studied in his studio school in Erskineville, alongside him and other practicing sculptors.  Tom taught her to ‘see’ and find the essence of things, ‘keep things simple’ and ‘not make things up’.  His words ring in her ears regularly as she is working on a piece.

Another significant influence in Carol’s life is her family and her unique family history. The importance of nurturing, stability and protection is what she attempts to convey in sculptural form. Working in various media – one of which is carving stone – Carol has developed a deep love of carving alabaster.  She approaches working with stone as a meditation, and an exercise in allowing whatever is inside the stone reveal itself rather than imposing her ideas on the stone.

She works very slowly, most often with hand files, taking the time to put down her tools, take a step back, and let the stone tell her where it wants to go to next.  It is a lesson in adaptability and simplicity (rubble and dust), touch and making ‘sense’. Knots and interlinked forms are another fascination for her, and the medium of wax allows her the flexibility of resolving any knotty issues.

 

My stone sculptures are an expression of my inner being – they are created as ’steam of consciousness’ sculptures and are all feminine in nature.

They are suggestive of a feeling, rather than a ‘thing’!  However, saying this, they are also reminiscent of so many things we see in nature and in the world that surrounds us.

I do not use maquettes or predetermine the outcome of any of my stone sculptures – they evolve naturally as part of a conversation I have with the stone.

The sculptures are hand filed and hand polished (after the initial chipping out with a hand tool) in a very slow process.  I do not measure anything or use large grinders or diamond tools.  My conversations take time and cannot be hurried – the sculptures are evocative of feelings, and as such are very personal to me.

 

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