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Carla Crafford

THE LIFE AND WORK OF Carla Crafford

Carla Crafford

BIOGRAPHY

After completing the first year of Architecture at the University of Pretoria, Crafford moved to Cape Town to Study Fine Art at UCT until 1978. Majoring in sculpture required photographic documentation, which awakened her interest in photography.

In 1981 she moved to Paris, working for Satour. During this time the photograph as an art form took precedence over the photograph as document.

Crafford returned to South Africa in 1987 to work full time on photography, painting and sculpture. She has been guest lecturer in photography at the University of Pretoria since 1997. She has had five solo exhibitions, has taken part in numerous group exhibitions – locally and internationally, and has works published in various local and international magazines and books. Her photography of other artists’ work – for their own use or for collaborative projects, is an ongoing passion.

Crafford is currently working on her tenth book.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Hare’s An Idea
Hare’s an Idea was produced both as a supplement to Guy du Toit Discovering the Object (launched in March 2017) and as an independent book.

In Hare’s an Idea, Guy du Toit’s bronze hares act as surrogates for humans. The idea with the book is to invite readers to benefit from a lighter side of life. All hares were photographed as characters rather than as catalogue entries of the artist’s sculptures. Text is kept to a bare minimum so that readers may make up their own words as they look at the images.

Like sculptures, I consider books as valuable objects – especially books that are meant to celebrate artworks. Therefore, a few unique copies of the book were made by hand on cotton paper – each with its own wooden container, featuring a split bronze hare (by Du Toit) on either side.

Besides handmade copies, an edition of 500 books was commercially produced to make Hare’s an Idea as widely accessible as possible.

Framed photographs of various hares
A few photographs were printed in larger format and framed for wall display.

Hare reclining in Moonscape (Namibia) is one of several hares ‘reclining’ in either landscapes or other ecologically sensitive areas. Zwavelpoort Hare shows a large hare at Du Toit’s studio, seemingly at play. The shadow tells a different truth shows two boxing hares on a bronze skull. However, their shadows show the one consoling the other.


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