Sean Crawford


Sean Crawford

What inspires your art practice?
My inspirations are as varied as they are evolving. Techniques I learned from my boat building father interweave with creativity that frequently highlights environmental and social messages. History plays a role with some of my works, questioning the contradictions of New Zealand’s colonial past, whilst also being influenced by the gothic storyteller Edgar Allen Poe and the paintings of Bill Hammond.

What materials do you work in?
A range of materials - from laser-cut steel to taxidermy. I am known for a multi-layered approach to art which includes a strong affinity with narrative.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Domestic Bliss is a continuation of the body of work I call ‘Parlour Game’. This series continues to critique historical processes relating to the indigenous world of New Zealand. These sculptures differ from many of my earlier work as any conclusion drawn from these pieces may be far from comforting. Combining classical beauty
of form with the blunt juxtaposition of an unnatural object creates a shift in which a comfortable solution is not always reached. The intention being to allow a sub text of ideas to develop, so that the viewer can draw upon, and be drawn into.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Boyd Dunlop Gallery, Napier; Zimmerman Gallery, Palmerston North; Te Manawa, Palmerston North; Aratoi, Masterton.

Where did you study?
Victoria University, Bachelor of Design (Hons)

Sculptures by Sean Crawford

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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