Project Description


Crown’s Fractal series are maps of themselves. They represent portions of the artist’s original Helicopter Drawings (2010-12), made by Crown while in the air over the mountains in South Africa in an attempt to visually capture the visceral feeling of flying in a helicopter. The constant movement of the craft, turning, climbing, descending rapidly, hovering, coupled with the wind, affected the mark. The record of the pressure of Crown’s hand on the pen and paper is the index of her experience. 

Scans of Helicopter Drawings were transferred into 3D depth sketches, which were then magnified several thousand times to reveal a fractal pattern. These relief forms convert lines into volume. The resulting prints, etchings, drawings, and paintings fold analog and digital mark-making together, generating a sense of relational uncertainty for the viewer.

Everything begins with a mark on the page. With these marks, we are asked to look closer.

Making of a Fractal Mirror

Unanchored Coordinates, 2015, laser-etched mirrored glass, 43 1/2 x 57 x 1/4 in

Fractal on Mirror, 2014, inkjet print on glass, 27 1/2 x 36 1/4 x 1/8 in

Infinity Mirror 3 Panel, 2015, mirrored glass, 99 x 90 in

Infinity Mirror, 2015, laser-etched mirrored glass, 34 5/8 × 50 13/16 × 2 3/4 in

Arrays (Fractal), 2015, inkjet print and acrylic on paper mounted on Dibond, 59 3/4 x 79 x 1 1/2 in

Fractals on Canvas – Ink Jet – 2, 2014, inkjet print on canvas, 59 1/8 x 78 3/4 in

Fractal on Canvas, inkjet print on canvas, 59 x 78 in

Fractal Blue, 2020, acrylic and digital pigment print on flex gessoed Belgian linen, 79 7/8 x 59 1/8 in