What artists do

Kathryn V. Crabbe, Opening, 2012, pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

I think that what artists do is they invent strategies that allow themselves to see in a way that they haven't seen before - to extend their vision. ~ Richard Serra, art:21 Art in the Twenty-First Century, Essay by Susan Sollins.

My morning strategy involves drawing outside in order to 'capture' the seasons, things that move me, oddities, old tools and other found objects.

Kathy Crabbe, Fallen, 2012, pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11”.

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Cactus Flower

Kathy Crabbe. 2012. Cactus Flower. Pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches.Drawing daily has become a meditation of sorts, a way to connect with the natural world and to revel in the sheer joy of process; the process of capturing a likeness. It feels almost devotional in it's purity. But what it really does best, is inform my abstract work, Journey into Intimacy. From studying nature we learn everything we need to know.

Kathy Crabbe, Cactus Flower, photo.

"I often think of artists as Vedic scribes or members of monastic orders, who secretly maintain analog technologies, archaic forms of knowledge and alternative ways of being in the world during times when there seems to be no hope, no alternative. With Occupy Wall Street, we see a slight change to bring these anarchic forms of wisdom back into the world. But as is often the case, we are our own greatest enemies." ~ Erin Sickler, Art & the 99% (Art in America, Jan. 2012)


Kathy Crabbe. 2012. Migra. acrylic, pastel and charcoal on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. Migra belongs to the Journey into Intimacy Series; an expressionistic, gestural exploration of intimacy expressed through a personal, symbolic language often synaesthetically inspired. This piece takes it name from Santana's song "Migra" (Supernatural Album). Migra also refers to the Mexican border patrol. That's interesting because I recently (twice in the last month) have walked over the border to Tiajuana. To me, this painting straddles several worlds, just as I do, having spent the first 26 years of my life in Canada and the last 20 in the United States.

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Summer Winds Looking Within It's almost musical! Ego Ray of Life Emerging Peace Interrupted The stomach noticed the stomach Resembles a heart with the aortic artery where the esophagus would be if it was indeed a stomach

REaD Exhibition @ Fallbrook Library, California

V1, 6.25 x 10.25 inches, Monoprint, Kathy Crabbe, 2011

REaD Fine Art Print Exhibition at Fallbrook Library

Printmaker, Dixon Fish has organized an exhibition of fine art prints at the Fallbrook Library featuring artists from the North County San Diego Printmakers group and surrounding areas. Artists exhibiting include: Chick Curtis and Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja.

I'll be exhibiting hand pulled prints from my BodyPrint Healing Series. These prints are part of a process of healing I've undertaken through art-making. More work from this series can be viewed here: KathrynVCrabbe.com

Fallbrook Library 124 S. Mission Road Fallbrook, CA 92028 1-760-731-4650 Directions

Exhibition dates: March 8 - April 27, 2012 Reception: March 16, 5-7pm