Edward Crumpton – Midwives of Thought
11th April – 27th April 2014
Private View: Friday 11th April (6pm – 8pm)
Edward Crumpton’s solo exhibition at 44AD entitled Midwives of Thought, showcases a collection of the artist’s responses to the variety of walks and journey’s he has made in the South-West and North-East of England and across the Atlantic to America. He has responded to these journeys by making visual ‘diaries’ in the landscape, as maps of his experience, which then become the basis for his studio practice, where these experiences are translated into sculptures, wood engravings, worked and painted canvases and art installations.
Edward studied Fine Art at the University of Lincoln and it was here he began to develop his practice around landscape, the nature of the journey and how these journeys connect the human with the environment. Edward is particularly interested in how people have interacted historically with the environment, how the landscape is marked by the physical traces of human existence and how oral traditions evidence their passage.
The latest walk Edward investigated, a Devon based walk called The Mariners Way, forms part of his 44AD, Midwives of Thought exhibition. This 73 mile long ancient footpath, running from Bideford to Dartmouth via the wilds of Dartmoor, was used from the late 1600’s by mariners wishing to change ships going to trading ports across the world, walking the length of Devon from the one flourishing port to the other.
Included in the body of work Edward created in response to this walk is a large scale, tarred marlin rope sculpture, where he has tied half-hitch knots along the length of rope, representing each step of his 73 mile long Mariners Way walk.
Edward Crumpton is represented by White Moose Gallery, Devon.
For more information, please contact:
White Moose, Moose Hall, Trinity Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8HX.
white moose gallery
T: 01271 379872
7b Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR
Tel: 07753 387 325