"Untitled (from the series mentis prehensio)"
Sarah Crawley, "untitled (from the series mentis prehensio)," 2005, c-print, 50" x 60".
SARAH CRAWLEY, mentis prehensio
Mar 10 - Apr 22, 2006
By Janice Rosen
In Sarah Crawley’s newest body of work, mentis prehensio, she continues to “address the imperfection of memory, the notion of a collective memory, memory as it relates to generation, history and ritual… physical memory and its impact on identity.” Crawley’s ongoing interest in lines and patterns shifts to an exploration of how memory and repetitive or obsessive gestures affect one’s identity. Photographic close-up images of skin are filled with the linear patterns of the past — wrinkles — and evolve through Crawley’s photographic processes into enthralling, large-scale prints. Stemming from compulsive behaviours she experienced in the past, mentis prehensio expresses the idea of obsession both in process and in content. Crawley graduated in 1994 from the University of Manitoba and has received multiple awards and grants. In addition to Canada-wide solo and group shows, she was recently part of a group show at the Belgrade Cultural Centre in Yugoslavia. Crawley works with MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) and is dedicated to teaching her processes through lectures and workshops.