Landscape and Memory , 2018, Photographed by Lindy Schoenborn

Landscape and Memory, 2018, Photographed by Lindy Schoenborn

Kristen Crouch is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring memory and nostalgia through mixed media visual work and multi-sensory installation. Her work starts photographically with the moment-catching impulse of personal snapshots. Crouch distorts these images in Photoshop using an original algorithm informed by visual and numerical data from geographic locations, trigonometry, birthdays, numerology, and life events. These resulting digital files, or “memoryscapes,” are translated into multiple forms. Some are inkjet printed onto sheets of distressed metal, and combined with paint and handwriting. Others take shape as metal sculptures or printed elements transformed with copper sulfate pentahydrate as a crystallizing device. She traces others onto walls by using an overhead projector to build up a foundation and direction for installation. Once taken through these digital and physical transformations, no piece remains representative of just one memory or person; they are amalgamated moments of personal and cultural history that connect people and place beyond the constricts of linear time. 

Kristen Crouch (b. 1991) received a BFA in photography and a minor in sculpture from SCAD (2014). She has had solo exhibitions in Savannah (I Will Live On [2014]) and Wilmington (Landscape and Memory [2018], a collaboration with LOCAL: Art + Ideas), 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. She is a co-producer, curator, and performer in The Museum of Dead Words, with recent shows in London and California. 

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2018

Encore Magazine: SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Kristen Crouch discusses her most challenging work yet in ‘Landscape and Memory’Shea Carver

WECT News: Artist's immersive installation explores memory and nostalgiaAshlea Kosikowski

Star News: Art in Wilmington: New Exhibits Coming June 1-2Justin Lacy

2017

Voice Mag: 11 words died on the internet and what happened next is shockingTom Inniss

WECT News: The 11 words on the internet that turn conversations into fightsBen Smart

Encore Magazine: EPISTOLARY EPIGRAPHS: Brooklyn-based rapper Dyalekt explores the misuse of language through theatrical hip-hop at Wabi Sabi WarehouseJames McCrea

WHQR: Communique: "Museum of Dead Words" In Wabi Sabi Warehouse Friday & SaturdayGina Gambony

Wilma Magazine: Artistic ImpressionsElizabeth White

WWAY: 'Full Frontal' aims to open conversation about nude artRandy Aldridge

Star News: 'Full Frontal', a nude art show at Wabi Sabi Warehouse, aims to start conversations, Justin Lacy

Wilmington Magazine: Working Through the LayersKim Henry

ArtsNow NC, Guest Blog: ‘Full Frontal’ to show the naked body in all ‘sizes, media and interpretations’, Mike Williams

Encore Magazine: Earth Unleashed: Wabi Sabi Warehouse hosts ‘Flou(we)r: Find Us Here’ exhibit, featuring four local artistsEmily Truss

2016

Star News: In Wilmington, unease of 2016 produced excellent art exhibits, Justin Lacy

WECT: Omni Art Exhibit at Acme Art Studios

ArtsNow NC Guest Blog: Wilmington Artists Create 'Omni', Mike Williams

WHQR: Communique: Interactive Exhibit 'Omni' Opens at Acme Friday, June 24, Gina Gambony

Star News: Young Artists Get Experiemental and Interactive With 'Omni', Justin Lacy

ArtsNow NC: Kristen Crouch turns nostalgia into 'positive, active energy', Mike Williams

ArtsNow NC: The Silver Peak of Acme, Laken Geiger

WECT News: Acme Art Goes Digital, Aj Ricketts

2015

Star News: 10 Art Shows That Caught Our Eye in 2015Justin Lacy

Star News: Acme Art has a show for the 'Under 30' Crowd, Justin Lacy

Encore Magazine: Showcasing Youth: ‘30 Under 30’ opens this Friday at Acme Studios, Christian Podgaysky

Wilma Magazine, March Spotlight: Competition for Young Artists, Kate Kuchtjak

Encore Magazine: Fueled With Diversity: Artfuel Vol. 40 displays varied works by local artists

2014

Savannah Art Informer: “I Will Live On” explores the mortality of our memories

SCAD District: Boundary Hall bumped off, sculpture minor bumped up to Atlanta

SCAD District: Sculpture students bid Boundary Hall goodbye

Savannah Art Informer: Breaking the Mold: The Foundry Show opens with a vibrant reception

SCAD District: Cast iron and bronze works exhibited at Sicky Nar Nar