Artist Statement Submitted 2017IBe’ Crawley is a sculptor focused on representing southern history. Born in the tobacco and cotton-mill town of Danville, Virginia, IBe’ creates ‘shot gun’ houses, marble sculptures and mixed media collages.
The formation of her southern identity was the 1960’s Civil Rights Protest, in addition to the shot gun houses and religious life. IBe’ uses found objects and reclaimed marble to create sculpture and collages. The confederate statues in Richmond Virginia influenced the marble statues of black people IBe' creates.
The themes of race and power are not constricting as racist taboo. The symbols have elasticity and sensitivity. In her representation of the confederate flag and the African American perspective, the collection works together on a grand scale and as thought provoking individual pieces.