Dvora evolved organically - she is a continuation of my work and complete immersion in interlocking organic forms. I never decide the outcome of a sculpture before I start carving. Each piece of stone I work with has its own individual personality, it is a slow conversation that allows each sculpture to emerge - and so Dvora came to be! I use hand tools, chipping out and filing and finally hand polishing to achieve the beautiful translucence that alabaster radiates.
Courtesy of Clara Street Gallery
Carol Lehrer Crawford is an artist practicing in Sydney, Australia who has studied in New York and spent time visiting Volterra in Italy, the 'home of alabaster'. She has been creating sculptures for over a decade using a variety of materials including bronze, alabaster and plaster. She is recognised for her organic interlocking forms and has been invited to exhibit in many shows.
Crawford has completed several public commissions, including two portraits for Cootamundra's The Captain's Walk in country NSW, and has various works in private collections within Australia. Carol was commissioned in 2013 to install a sculpture that sits in the foyer of Fischl House, Bondi Junction (JewishCare) and has exhibited annually in the Tom Bass Studio Sculpture School since 2004 where earlier this year her alabaster work Grande Amore was selected as a Finalist in the inaugural Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture and subsequently shown at Paddington's Juniper Hall.
Earlier this year Carol was also invited to participate in the Vital Push sculpture exhibition at Regard Studio Gallery, Darlington, Sydney.
Italian scaglione alabaster on a wooden base
38 x 28 x 26 cm
Carol Lehrer Crawford, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses her work Dvora and answers questions from the audience. Recorded on 15 October 2016 at the exhibition.
Judges of the 2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Wendy Whiteley OAM (Ambassador for the visual arts), Rhonda Davis (Senior Curator at Macquarie University Art Gallery) and Barry Keldoulis (CEO and Group Fairs Director of Art Fairs Australia).
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