Crystal Cawley works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials, like library catalog cards or old book pages. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on a variety of traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. Cawley has received Good Idea Grants from the Maine Arts Commission in 2004 and 2010 and was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for 2005-2006. Her work is in many public collections, including the Boston Public Library, Bowdoin College Library, Portland Museum of Art, RISD Library, the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection of the National Museum of American History, and the Library of Congress. She has exhibited her work throughout the US and in England and Greece. Cawley lives and works in Portland, Maine.
Crystal Cawley, Mixed Messages Circle Skirt, 2012, felt, plastic sign letters, embroidery, 37 x 31 x 31 inches 2 years ago
Crystal Cawley, The Uses of Sorrow, child size, 2014, letterpress on paper, sumi ink, crepe paper, embroidery, 51 x 30 inches 2 years ago
Crystal Cawley, Grief is Weight (Cover Your Face), Thinking Cap 14, 2015, paper, 9 x 14 x 12 inches 2 years ago
Crystal Cawley, Maid of Honor, 2008, letterpress on handmade paper, old wooden chair, upholstery and dressmaker's trim, 33 x 19 x 19 inches 2 years ago