Mary Crabb


Significant Figures

Significant Figures

Remembrance through making, is an exhibition with loss and remembrance at its core, marking the act of remembrance carried out by Elsie, for her boyfriend Cecil, killed in action in 1916.
As custodian of a photograph of Cecil, Mary has inherited Elsie’s story, which she has chosen to tell through the act of making. By taking the facts, figures and numbers of the story and WW1, Mary has made objects that bring the story to life, attempting to highlight significant numbers as well as people. The exhibition features small scale intricate work, complex in the making but simple in concept, to larger more recognisable pieces of traditional basketwork, reflecting the basketry of the period. From cane and willow, to wire, threads and twisted paper, the shared work invites the viewer to contemplate love, loss, remembrance and the passing of time.

Why is making this work important to me?
If you like to listen to my thoughts about why making this work is important to me, they have been sensitively put together by A Human Love Story. Thank you Matt.
The recording lasts for approximately 10 minutes.
Being Loved-Being Wanted-Being Found.

The completed work was exhibited at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester from 25.09.18 – 07.10.18 Please click here to see the Exhibitions page for images from the Gallery.

Talks & Workshops:
I will be taking this work out to groups as part of an illustrated talk ‘Significant Figures’, with the addition of a supporting workshop. Please click here to see the Talks page of the website for more information. Alternatively if you would like some more information please get in touch.