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CELLULAR FLOW, I’ve been thinking… Photographer and Visual Fine Artist, Yas Crawford describes her musings behind a new series ‘Cellular Flow_ I’ve... Read More
CELLULAR FLOW, I’ve been thinking…
Photographer and Visual Fine Artist, Yas Crawford describes her musings behind a new series ‘Cellular Flow_ I’ve been thinking’. The images describe an unsettling journey of chronic illness, its complexity, beauty and uncontrollable flow are delicately combined in an otherworldly biological space.
Crawford introduces the series describing her thoughts on flow “I’ve been thinking. Well, it seems I’ve always been thinking mainly about flow: flow of life, flow of cells, flow of energy, flow of time since I became ill, since others became ill. A long time ago. Maybe I’m just a thinker. Seems silly but isn’t flow what we need for continuity? After all some people’s flow is cut short, distorted, broken, redirected, or just interrupted”
“How does anyone adjust to this type of change?” she states
Crawford let’s these musings seep into her images in the hope it resonates with others explaining “Abstraction provides a safe place for the audience to view the art. Read into it what they want or not” she states. “The images ambiguity foreshadows the future, complex but owning a place amongst the fluid and liquid environment”.
The series Cellular Flow is one part of the Mapping I Collection. In some ways all the series in this collection have investigative flow. Here though, it swirls and flows continuously in all directions, challenging the norm.
Using archival and digitally created cell images, Crawford adds illustration, light trails, and external space as a way of anchoring the science. “In the hope it will slow down, even for a second, but making no attempt to prevent it or break the pattern” Crawford explains.
Crawford continues “I have a deeper understanding of my body, born of chronic illness. I scarcely notice it before, just used and abused it. Now it manages me as my head cannot. In the beginning I made a deal with my body and agreed to listen to it and do what it told me. Sound strange? Unfamiliar, weird, surreal, so unlike me. Is it the same for so many others too?”
Crawford’s Cellular Flow travels through an internal landscape without direction whilst it holds tightly to the external, that familiar landscape that acts as a vessel for the science. “Allowing ourselves to travel with this flow brings us to a new future, one nourished by experience, knowledge and opportunities arising from the complexity, the chaos, the surreal” Crawford summarises.