Martin Crawford's work explores our connections to each other through the objects we encounter, and questions traditional anthropocentric ontology in favour of a more egalitarian view of matter. He draws out abstract narratives from things, materials and places, to remind us of our profound connections to each other and our environment. Working intuitively to access the dormant pasts of objects and materials; Crawford works in a form of bricolage, creating states in which the viewer can deeply connect with the objects and the matter that forms them.

The works flit between abstraction, storytelling, memory and imagination - standing apart from linguistic explanation, they are experienced intuitively: finding a space where every imaginable past of object and viewer can exist simultaneously. Here the viewer can reflect on their own object identity, and in seeing that their story is unlike any other, they can also see that it is also the same as every other.


Martin Crawford graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone in 2020 with a First-Class Honours in Fine Art, winning the NOMAS Graduate award, and Alexander Leslie Russell Memorial Prize.