Marina Crawford is a visual artist educated at University of Hawaii Manoa (BFA), Florida State University, University of California at Los Angeles, and San Francisco Art Institute (MFA). She resides and works on the lovely island of Oahu in Hawaii.
In the transmission from experience into memory, your recollection runs a slope on its way to your memory bank, slip and sliding inaccuracies along the way. I analyze these in-congruencies in my personal memory to understand how experience is translated into memory, as I translate memory into visual form. My artworks are full of these flops and flubs between truth and fiction, painting and sculpture, translucent and opaque, craftsmanship and visual expression, remembering and forgetting.
I sometimes become enamored of a story, place or image and spend months delving into it visually, pulling apart the visual material and recreating the memory with paint on canvas. Memories are installed in layers, memories made of complex experiences of the senses that transform over time. I draw from my own memories, experiences and travels to create works that are authentic onto myself, but that can be explored and expanded upon by my audience.
Memory is a remnant of the fabric of experience. My artworks are mere flashes of an attempt to weave, reweave and stitch past experience into visual vocabulary, colour and form.