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Susan Crawford’s Wild Kingdom
Mar 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
“Susan Crawford’s Wild Kingdom” is comprised of a series of pieces that began as notebook sketches of the plants and animals near the artist’s home in Mount Holly NJ. Although she’s encountered spectacular species while diving and hiking in places like Australia, Belize, South Africa and Mexico, sketching the local flora and fauna led her to notice the subtle and unique beauty of these common species closer to home. In particular, she found the ones living in the New Jersey Pine Barrens to be the most inspiring. “The stillness I find there allows me to lose myself, to get in touch with my animal senses: movement, shape, color and sound,” says Susan. And like a magpie, I never seem to return from these sojourns without a souvenir, like a bit of bone, a feather, leaf or a stone.”
A lifetime of observing living things has given Susan the ability to break down subjects into their essential parts. She looks past the individual animal to reveal its rhythm of color and form, taking those lyrical qualities and creating an iconic emblem of nature.
The opening reception will be sponsored by Bronx Brewery and The Noble Experiment.
About the Artist:
After giving marine biology a try in college, Susan decided to fall back on a more stable and lucrative profession: illustration. With her artist/writer husband Allen Crawford, she formed Plankton Art Company in 1999.
Susan’s stylized, graceful forms are largely inspired by nature and mid-century modernism. She has worked for Target, Warner Bros., Chronicle Books, Knopf, Ride Snowboards, Hasbro, National Geographic Kids Magazine, Discovery Channel and The Smithsonian National Zoo. The most ambitious project she’s ever worked on was a series of 400 hand-rendered identification key illustrations of fish, plants and other undersea creatures for The American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, where her drawings are on permanent display.
Susan’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at numerous galleries, most notably
Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea. She lives in a historic Quaker town in Central New Jersey, where she often goes on kayak trips in the Pine Barrens to look for tree frogs and orchids.