Materials used: unwanted shredded notation manual and a children’s story book. Cotton, wool and silk.
Frances Crowe was born in Waterford and studied Fine art in The National College of Art and Design Dublin, where she discovered the weaving department and fell in love with Tapestry. She moved to Roscommon in 1980 and opened Grange Studio. She worked as an art teacher for many years while still maintaining her artistic practise. She is a member of CTA, WAR, VAI, DCCOI, BTG and ATA. As an educator, collaborator and curator Frances has facilitated many school and community based art projects. In more recent years, with the support of local and national agencies Frances has brought Irish and International artists/ weavers together to exhibit their work. Her tapestries have been selected for many high profile fibre art exhibitions in Ireland, England, China and Canada. She has been commissioned to create tapestries for public spaces and private collections, in Ireland and abroad.
Artists Statement Visual Artist Frances Crowe explores the personal landscape of emotion and memory in her work. Recording world events for posterity. Displacement, separation, climate change and global warming are a constant theme in her most recent body of work. Her latest large scale tapestry titled, Torn apart was created in 2019 for the third Interconnections exhibition, which she curated in 2016/18 and 20. It explores the human experience of intersectionality, inequality and social injustice, through family separation. During the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown she created a series of works documenting the current and ongoing phases of recovery, and reopening of the economy. This theme will continue as the narrative evolves. Crowe has a rich history as a visual artist, tapestry weaver, educator, collaborator, curator and community builder, having launched the International Fibre art festival in 2016 in County Roscommon, Ireland.
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