Born in South Carolina, Bonnie Crawford now lives and works as a sculptor in Baltimore. She became interested in using electrical circuitry as an art material when a problem with the electrical tissue in her own heart required surgery. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2008 and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Maryland College Park in 2001.
Crawford's studio practice is part science experiment, part meditation. Employing both cerebral and sensual faculties, she makes sculptures and installations that combine tiny blinking electrical circuits with simple materials. Sensors integral to the circuits respond to ambient light and change the frequency at which the lights blink. She free-form solders the circuits into sculptural compositions and then augments them with art materials, brightly colored trash, and cheap craft supplies. The resultant amalgamations respond to the environment, signaling tenderly and playfully to the viewer.
Crawford's sculptures are informed by an intensive drawing practice. Inspired by the Insomnia Drawings of Louise Bourgeois, she makes drawings by the light of her cell phone when she wakes in the middle of the night. Began in August of 2016, the series now includes 400 Insomnia Drawings.