Permanent Shapes by Monique Crabb

Permanent Shapes, 2019

Plant Dyed Textile Painting



I’ve been walking dogs off and on for almost a decade. While out walking in various nooks in the city I photograph things in my environment for shape and color inspiration. This piece, inspired by a mosaic tiled up window from a Baltimore city alley, over many months, grew with meaning as I appliquéd each shape and embroidered the trail of blue. During the sewing process a favorite musician of mine took his life and a week later my brother passed away. All of a sudden Permanent Shapes became much more. It represents the people who come in and out of my life, each shape representing the permanence left on my spirit and body in their absence.

Permanent Shapes by Monique Crabb

  • Monique Crabb is a Mexican American woman, a mother, and a multi-disciplinary artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently pursuing her MFA at UMBC in their Intermedia+Digital Arts program and was co-director at Current Space for close to a decade. Monique’s interest in textiles, quilting and dyeing with plants was born during the early years of having a child. The desire to learn a new process that was meditative, low cost, experimental, and used second hand materials was very appealing. Over the years her practice has evolved into a deeper exploration of acquiring color from plants that she’s foraged for, grown, or made from food waste. All the while continuing to experiment with transferring color from plants to fabric with various techniques and exploring color, form, and text in her work that reference her personal history, identity, the body, and our environment.