Artist

Eva Crawford

Artist bio

I am native Charlottean and full-time artist with a studio and gallery space at C3Lab in Southend Charlotte, NC. Art began with me at age three and hurdled its way through awards in high school, a BFA in studio art from UNC-Chapel Hill, a side trip designing furniture, then an unexpected season teaching high school art. The last few years have been my listening ones. What is it that my art has to say? The race through life has slowed and the art I am meant to make is just beginning. All styles of art media inspire me, with my strengths being painting and collage. Narrative is a key element in my art, and as a visual storyteller I use color, texture and light to enhance the subject matter which is either painted or reimagined from found images. My choice of artistic tools to paint these stories are realism, with a dalliance in surrealism and expressionism. The main characters in my compositions are inspired by impactful relationships: my younger sister with physical disabilities, former street kids in Jinja, Uganda, my elderly parents, and family members with mental health issues. These intimate interactions fuel my desire to give visual voice to the vulnerable and unseen using portraiture. But the compunction to aid those who need help in being seen leads to the realization that all of humanity struggles with seeing beyond each individual’s cultural grid and the desire to be understood. The art I make, with the stories they tell are meant to cause a pause, experience life through another person’s eyes, look outward and consider another’s story and feelings, and ultimately to care. Covid-19 has unified the world population by fighting an unseen, non-human enemy. Together we have bonded beyond socio-economic, racial, and intellectual differences. My art exists to show the common core humanness of each of us, to encourage compassion and lay down the trappings of judgement and pick up the mantle of empathy.

Title

Eternal Strength

Medium/Genre

Painting

Artist Statement

“Eternal Strength” is acrylic on canvas and is a response to an event I attended a year ago. (Please read below) The painting is a blend of figural realism (using my own reference photo) and conceptual setting representing a spiritual battle. The work fits within my current body of work as I explore how a person reflects their physical, mental and spiritual environments. You are invited to dive into the abstracted areas of the painting, swim around in the unexpected colors and textures and tread among the realistic details. Move over their skin tones, to their eyes and to their souls. Especially moving to me at this time is the inclusion of two ethnicities and that the black male is the one connected to the Spirit necessary to stand firm and be supportive in the darkness.

How it fits into contest

On March 8, 2019 I watched the premier performance of “Songs from the Spirit” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. My friend and choreographer Silas Farley, his wife Cassia and a small troupe from the NYC Ballet filled the halls of the vast museum with the lament and praise of the Gospel. My urgent response was to come home and paint. The moment that inspired this work of art was when Silas and Cassia gracefully danced through the Chinese Garden Court in prayerful movements to the words and melody of “There is a Balm in Gilead.” Cassia’s posture right down to her despondent eyes contrasts Silas’s Christ-like outstretched arms and upward gaze. The garden was still and white, but I saw a battle. Cassia at the end of herself as she leans on the Silas’s external and eternal strength. His eyes are cast upward to the unseen God, the unseen Spirit. Nevertheless, he holds fast with “eternal encouragement and good hope.” -2 Thessalonians 2:16.

Credits

Eva Crawford

How to Purchase this Artwork

Original acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas, ready to hang
$1550

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

I am available for commission acrylic, oil or watercolor paintings and charcoal drawings. My strengths are portraiture.

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