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512 E High Point Rd.
Peoria, IL 61614
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Originally from New York City, Cathie lived overseas six years in Saudi Arabia and France. She has concentrated on the color reduction woodcut since completing her MFA degree in 1987 from Bradley University where she had a one-person exhibition last year. Her work has been included in more than three hundred exhibitions, 25 solo exhibitions, seventy juried national shows and fifteen international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State University. Crawford has won thirty-five awards at both the national and regional level. Her woodcuts have been exhibited in twenty-five states as well as France, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and the UK. Crawford’s prints are included in private and corporate collections in eight countries including the International Print Center New York in New York City; The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC; The Safeya Binzagr Darat (museum) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Crawford works reductively from one piece of ¼” luan plywood. Her small editions are known for luminous color achieved by numerous blended (split font) rolls of transparent ink applied with brayers and litho roller. Mylar stencils expand the color possibilities for each woodcut print.
I have always been attracted to water, seeking it out for its restorative powers. Water represents a powerful life giving force -- a source of replenishment, rejuvenation. My love of water aerobics, which I have been teaching for 10 years, is expressed in Lovely Legs. Likeness of Being is of a heron and his reflection in the water. Taking a break from my figurative work Breaking, Dayenu, Dianoia II and Serendipity, are non-objective. This new direction is theconverging of line, shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space.