MICHAELIE CRAWFORD + JENNIFER TURPIN
Our collaborative art practice explores the energetic relationship between things, and within active systems - acknowledging and revealing our inextricable inter-connectedness with each other and the natural world.
Relationship is at the heart of all our projects, which we conceive of as collaborations with nature, environment and community. Our artworks engage directly with the constant flux of matter and energy, and are only realized in the animation of that relationship. Inherently temporal, the works are always becoming, and never fixed, final, or complete. Embodying relationship, they are always inter-connected, and never singular, separate or contained.
Over the last 3 decades we have explored this essential inter-relatedness through site-specific, environmental and socially engaged artworks - primarily in the public domain. We are interested in the in-between - the space between art and life, art and nature, art and community, art and other disciplines, other systems of knowing.
Our work is variously permanent and temporary, inter-disciplinary and integrated, educational and activist, conceptual and strategic. Our kinetic installations engage with the ever-changing energies of water, wind and light. Our environmental projects are collaborations with designers, scientists and engineers within multi-disciplinary rehabilitation projects; our socially engaged projects explore our relationship to the natural world with local communities; our activist projects engage creative strategies to draw attention to the pressing issues of our climate crisis; our educational and mentoring roles share knowledge and experience with others, and our strategic work engages with broader urban planning and development to embed art and culture within everyday life.