As an exhibition maker, researcher and co-producer of objects, crowEST takes a responsive approach to the provocation of materials, attending to their haphazard agency. This involves participation in wide-ranging cross-disciplinary activities where process determines the outcomes and digital media is utilised to track form in transition as one thing becomes another. However, as recuperated, left-over and found materials are tended to, incrementally, there begins to emerge an increasingly austere aesthetic procedure that seeks to ‘bother’ matter less and increase soft-eyed attentiveness. Recent works appear in a cycle of oscillating movements between a (rigidly adhered to) painting format, stretched and hanging cloth, including ‘paintings’ in the form of apparel.
In 2013 crowEST was awarded a PhD by University of Melbourne (Victorian College of the Arts) for her practice-led research project An Unaccountable Mass: bothersome matter and the humorous life of forms.
In 2008 she was a recipient of the Samstag International Travel/study scholarship and spent a year in Lisbon, Portugal at the mysterious Escola Maumaus in the independent study program.
Recent exhibitions include: Unsettled Sculpture at Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne, 2013 tumbleweed methodology: a theory of the cycle of things at Craft, Melbourne, 2013, Loosely Speaking at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2013, the inexplicable magnetism of an alien object, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 and Cite Radieuse at MAUMAUS Gallery, Alta de Lisboa, Portugal, 2008.
Artist website: www.sarahcrowest.com