Margaret Crowley

Region: Midwest

City / State: Chicago, IL

The process of making a painting is where the foundation of my practice lies. The application is performative and compulsive; every step is based on the one that precedes it. I look at fashion and food blogs, Czech and Slovak textiles, DIY crafts, nature, 1970s fiber wall hangings, deconstructed quilt squares, interior spaces, and clothing to collect a library of images that strike a chord for me. When collecting and arranging materials and objects in my studio, I think about the tradition of the systematic classification of insects, animals, shells, and minerals. I have also been examining what a horizontal position means in both minimal and expressionistic paintings. The other trajectory I am following concerns trash, excess, and the Internet.