Rick Crawford

Artist Statement

Like many artists, I have explored various art mediums over the span of my lifetime. Each of these explorations have brought me new visual perspectives of the world around me, and new techniques to add to my repertoire of visual expression. I have chosen reclaimed wood as my primary medium, and frequently integrate mixed-media elements into my sculptures. My current work embodies an exploration of the tactile world around us, utilizing strong textural elements of material reduction. These pieces are emphasized by an interplay of color and texture…they beckon the viewer to pick them up, as they should. Eroded sand dunes, blown by the wind and sculpted by the tides, worn and broken shell fragments, archeological finds, and bits of bric-a-brac found in a junkyard, are all inspirational elements. Due to the organic nature of my works, I find that there is a constant interplay between the artist and the piece being worked on, as I listen to the voice of Mother Nature guide me through the piece. Many of my sculptural pieces are turned on a woodturning lathe during some part of the process, but I often spend more time working the piece off the lathe, for carving, texturing and coloring. I often work in an evolving series, where ideas developed while making one piece flow into the next. My jewelry utilizes recycled materials, combined with found natural elements, to provide a rich visual and tactile adornment for the body. My design focus is based on the patterns found in Mother Nature, as well as ancient tribal iconography and adornment, which is combined with modern techniques, such as fold-forming of non-ferrous metals and flame patinas.