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Creative Matters with Deborah Crowe

Deborah Crowe is a visual artist working in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Her practice involves building 2D and 3D environments that explore architectural, spatial and environmental characteristics. The work often queries perceptions of space, place, human's impact on the environment, systems of containing the body and language frameworks.


Deborah's practice acknowledges its origins in woven construction and a strong interest in drawing, particularly collage. Her training as a weaver forms an overarching conceptual frame and the notion of weaving is embedded throughout the construction of imagery, fabrication of sculptural objects, installations and her approach to research.


2022 marks Crowe’s 40th year of exhibiting. Her practice has been shown in a variety of art and design contexts across and between disciplines. Exhibitions and projects have included textiles, works for the body, fashion design, object, drawing, digital print, photography, public art, sculpture, sound and installation.


It was such a pleasure to meet Deborah. We talk about her stunning art practice and process, her tertiary teaching career, her business Crowe Creative Art Services through which she delivers workshops for artists, mentoring and art consulting and her love of connecting with people and community. Amongst many other things!



Urban Reflections 2021, Sidewalk Gallery, Studio One Toi Tū, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

(excerpt from 11.28 looped digital animation)

Urban Reflections 2021, Sidewalk Gallery, Studio One Toi Tū, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Phantom Field, 2022 (excerpt from animation in site specific installation)

Phantom Field, 2022 (detail)

Phantom Field, 2022 (detail)

Urban Mesh, 2020 (details) 2.4m x 50m, digital print on vinyl

135 Albert St, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa



Fictional Realities: Fall 2015 700 x 900mm, archival pigment print on fine art paper (one off)

Scape VIII, 2013, 1120 x1850mm, digital print on fine art paper

Outlook 09.03.18, 257 x 257mm, digital print on fine art paper

Outlook 27.10.22, Digital Collage

Outlook 16.10.22, Sometimes I wish I was a spy. And sometimes I feel like I am a spy.

Digital Collage

Outlook 24.08.19, 257 x 257mm, digital print on fine art paper

Look See 2021, 2.4m x 58m digital print Basque Park, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Look See 2021, (detail)

Look See 2021, (detail)

Nature Wins! 2021, Digital print installation Freyberg Square, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland


Graft: Pillar 2022

Trade Craft (Matrix) 2022, Mixed media assemblage










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