photographed by Chris Brehmer for Wilma Magazine

photographed by Chris Brehmer for Wilma Magazine

Kristen Crouch is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring memory and nostalgia. In her newest show, Landscape and Memory, Crouch creates an immersive installation investigating the ways in which memories are made and their reliance on the five physical senses. The installation includes a memory tasting, curated scent and sound in the gallery, and encourages physical interaction with the artworks. Starting with the moment-catching impulse of her own snapshots, she manipulates and transforms personal images into multiple forms. Working digitally with computer programs, algorithms, and methods drawn from science and math, she prints and projects to sheets of aluminum creating what Crouch calls “memory-scapes". Others take shape as printed elements within sculptures made with homemade blue crystals and found objects.

Influences include the biblical story of Lot’s wife. Transformed into a pillar of salt for looking back at her condemned hometown, the story acts as a metaphor for nostalgia and its effects, which resonates with the artist’s crystals. And Crouch draws the title of the installation from Simon Schama’s book Landscape and Memory (1995), in which Schama sees landscapes as “constructs of the imagination” and “carrier(s) of memory” that embody shared cultural experiences and values. In her articulation of the book’s concepts, Crouch explores the ways in which our memories shape and respond to world around us.

Kristen Crouch (b. 1991) received a BFA in photography and a minor in sculpture from SCAD (2014). She has had solo exhibitions in Savannah and Wilmington, where she grew up and resides. She has also organized exhibitions in Wilmington, including Full Frontal (2017). Omni (2016), and Thirty Under 30: An International Young Artist Group Exhibition (2015). Crouch has participated in group shows in North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Kentucky, and collaborated on performances in London. She is currently showing in a group show at the NC School of Science and Math (Durham). 

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