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La Casa de Beatriz Cabrera

2022 A multimedia room installation representing a conversation taking place between a mom and daughter exposing family lineage, the role of caretaker, and the complexities of motherhood.

Inward

2019 Soft Body is a collection of quilts made from second hand fabric and dyed with colors extracted from plants and food waste. Each piece is an exploration of stripping the quilt form of its function while manipulating shapes and color to reflect on the various aspects of occupying a human body. An abstract representation of energy in its varied forms of travel through heat, tears, sound, and light as it temporarily grounds us to earth.

Dear You

secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, story quilt, quilt, handquilted
2018 - 2019 66 x 66” Plant-dyed secondhand fabric, hand appliqué and hand quilted A personal story quilt made with all plant dyed second hand fabric about my brother who suffered from Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder for over twenty years. I worked on this piece for over a year before he passed away. It’s a story of a person whose seasons in life revolved around jails, hospitals, mental institutions, and half way homes.

self portrait

secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
20x17" Plant-dyed with organic indigo, cosmos, tannin

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About Monique

Baltimore County

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Monique Crabb (b. 1982), a Mexican-American artist whose work represents an interplay of narrative, identity, and symbolism that speaks to the constraints of societal structures and of the human body. Her diverse practice spans textiles, installation, video, and photography, with a focus on traditional craft processes that provide mind-body attunement. Reshaping secondhand fabric and using colors extracted from organic materials she has foraged or grown, allows her the opportunity to materialize deep... more

Sub Rosa: La Casa de Beatriz Cabrera

A multimedia room installation representing a conversation taking place between a mom and daughter exposing family lineage, the role of caretaker, and the complexities of motherhood.

Pixelated Rose Garden, 2021-2022 (center) Quilt made of secondhand synthetic and plant-dyed fabric, cotton thread and batting, bed

Mamá, 2022 (right wall) HD Digital 5 min. video loop, secondhand plant-dyed fabric, cotton thread and batting

Hija, 2022 (left wall) HD Digital 5 min. video loop, secondhand plant-dyed fabric, cotton thread and batting

How Does it Feel

How Does it Feel is a collection of textile paintings made from second hand fabric and dyed with colors extracted from plants and food waste. Each piece, through color and symbols, represent a personally transforming moment in my life surrounding loss and unresolved trauma.

  • How Does It Feel

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    23” x 23” Plant & mineral dyed (logwood, fustic wood, iron, weld)
  • self portrait

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    20x17" Plant-dyed with organic indigo, cosmos, tannin
  • vacancy I & II.jpg

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    24” x 21” Plant-dyed with cosmos, weld, indigo, madder root, black walnuts, logwood, and iron. Stretched in a float frame with mahogany wood and a distressed gold leaf face. Inspired by the Bandy Bandy snake's defense mechanism of looping its body to detract predators.
  • How Does it Feel

    Did you ever die for a millisecond? Did you ever eat a weed gummy after an intense weekend that involved spreading your dad's ashes in the gulf of Mexico after carrying them around from house to house over the span of 15 years, even losing them at one point, then finally spreading them with one of your 4 brothers and mom, who was wearing a leopard print bathing suit, in an inflatable raft into the warm waters of Galveston not far from the shoreline because it was harder to paddle out than imagined, and the ashes ended up in your mom's face including her mouth, and your brother tells her she deserved it. The next day you visit your other brother at his halfway house and take him to Mcdonald’s for lunch where you watch him devour a big mac with all the sauces running down his face and hands while five TV monitors are airing a zombie show with people being eaten and blood spraying everywhere. Meanwhile a Mcdonald's employee whose a dwarf is waxing the floor, and you know that their height shouldn't matter but it does because you grew up in the 90s watching Twin Peaks. Afterward you drop your brother back off at the desolate halfway house where thankfully there was one big tree in the yard because it's hot as hell because it's Houston and the heat is oppressive but at least that tree is there to provide shade while you trim your brother's fingernails because your mom asked you to because he's too mentally far gone to care so you do it with sweat streaming down your face and it kind of makes you gag because his fingers are cigarette stained and gross and still have Mcdonald's sauces on them, and for a moment you share a sliver of your childhood then say goodbye knowing you may never see him again but he tells you he'll see you at a party because he may actually see you at a party because he lives in another dimension because they say he has schizoaffective disorder. Then you drive away in your first car rental while visiting Houston because you want to be in control and you think you've made it out free from falling apart but then you end your visit by eating a weed gummy with a childhood friend but the gummy was part of a larger mass of melted gummies so you don't actually know how much THC is in it but you eat it anyways and well..... the THC really settles in there after an hour and you begin to not feel right and then you begin to feel like you may actually die from a panic attack and you beg your childhood friend and her husband to take you to the emergency room, meanwhile you're thinking about how you're a grown ass adult with a child back at home in Baltimore and you just can't die for the sake of her future. your friends don't take you to the emergency room because they convince you it's not a hospital any human would want to be in, so you stay put, then you beg your friend to find the Pixar movie Finding Dory because you remember another friend saying it made him feel safe to watch animated movies and you remember Finding Dory was a sweet movie but you're so high that you begin to think you are Dory looking for your lost family and you really begin to unravel all parts of yourself, and you realize that actually you are not in control and that your body is and it's on it's period and it wants to throw up and it wants to cry and it wants to snot and it wants you to feel like you have wads of cotton in your mouth and it seems like your friend is having a very different trip than you even though she ate from the same big mass of melted gummies. Then she convinces you to go to her backyard and to lay in the grass and look up at the stars because there was a special meteor shower happening but the moment you lay down and look up at expanse of the sky your heart stops and you shoot into outer space faster than you've ever imagined something could go but you almost as instantly come back into your body then throw up. Your childhood friend, who you've been to hell and back with over and over again is cradling you like a baby and tells you to just let go, so you finally do and you just bawl and bawl like you were just born.

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Soft Body

Soft Body is a collection of textile paintings made from second hand fabric and dyed with colors extracted from plants and food waste. Each piece is an exploration of stripping the quilt form of its function while manipulating shapes and color to reflect on the various aspects of occupying a human body. An abstract representation of energy in its varied forms of travel through heat, tears, sound, and light as it temporarily grounds us to earth.

  • Inward

    The bookends to Soft Body. Dyed with avocado pits, onion skins, black walnuts, tannin, logwood, and iron. The hexagon in nature is mystical and magical. To name only some of the shape’s wonders: It’s an efficient packing shape that we see bees use, most snowflakes under a microscope take on the hexagonal shape, Saturn has a hexagon-shaped storm still churning at its North Pole that was discovered in 1988, water spinning at its highest velocity makes the shape of a hexagon, and Carbon has the molecular structure of a hexagon.
  • Outward

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    37 x 42” The bookends to Soft Body. Dyed with avocado pits, onion skins, black walnuts, tannin, logwood, and iron. The hexagon in nature is mystical and magical. To name only some of the shape’s wonders: It’s an efficient packing shape that we see bees use, most snowflakes under a microscope take on the hexagonal shape, Saturn has a hexagon-shaped storm still churning at its North Pole that was discovered in 1988, water spinning at its highest velocity makes the shape of a hexagon, and Carbon has the molecular structure of a hexagon.
  • Heat Rises

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    46” x 59” Dyed with madder root, fustic wood and cochineal. An ode to mother earth. A deep connection through the monthly rising heat in my own body. I feel her calling for us to change our behavior, like a mother calls out to her child.
  • If We All Cried At Once

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    43 x 43” Dyed with fustic wood + organic indigo. Hand quilted. According to scientific research there are three different types of tears humans produce— Basal, Reflex, and Emotional, and each have their own special combination of enzymes. The combo that make up emotional tears are helpful for regulating the body and bringing it back to a homeostatic level. This piece represents the abstract and wishful notion that if we all cried at once it would balance out all the hurt of our home, both to our bodies and to our earth.
  • Vibrations

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    36 x 48” Dyed with cutch, fustic wood, logwood, and iron. Machine pieced / Hand quilted. The human body can generate mechanical vibrations at very low frequencies, scientists call them infrasonic waves. The vibrations are produced by the physiological processes of heartbeats, respiratory movements, the brain, blood flow in vessels and so on. The emotional state of a body effects the vibrations emitted.
  • Permanent Shapes

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, textile painting
    Dyed with black walnuts, fustic wood, logwood, and iron. raw edge appliqué / embroidered second hand yarn.

Dear You

2018 - 2019

66 x 66”

Plant-dyed secondhand fabric, hand appliqué and hand quilted

A personal story quilt made with all plant dyed second hand fabric about my brother who suffered from Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder for over twenty years. I worked on this piece for over a year before he passed away. It’s a story of a person whose seasons in life revolved around jails, hospitals, mental institutions, and half way homes. The evolution of this piece is documented through #johnpaulcabreracrabb on instagram with written stories that correlate to selected symbols that honor my brother’s life.

  • Dear You

    secondhand fabric, secondhand, plant-dyed, machine pieced, story quilt, quilt, handquilted
    2018 - 2019 66 x 66” Plant-dyed secondhand fabric, hand appliqué and hand quilted A personal story quilt made with all plant dyed second hand fabric about my brother who suffered from Bipolar Schizoaffective Disorder for over twenty years. I worked on this piece for over a year before he passed away. It’s a story of a person whose seasons in life revolved around jails, hospitals, mental institutions, and half way homes.

My Chthonic Duty

2020

Denim, bedsheet ends, cotton napkins, avocado pits, twine, and avocado pit dye.

Chthonic Duty speaks to the subterranean, deep-rooted domestic duty of women that society continually shapes and expects .

  • My Chthonic Duty

    plant dyed, avocado pits,
    2020 Denim, bedsheet ends, cotton napkins, avocado pits, twine, and avocado pit dye. Chthonic Duty speaks to the subterranean, deep-rooted domestic duty of women that society continually shapes and expects .
  • My Chthonic Duty (Detail)

    plant dyed, avocado pits, bed sheet remnants, twine
    avocado pits ink used for text on apron
  • My Chthonic Duty (Detail)

    second hand cotton napkins wrapped with twin around avocado pits

Connect with Monique

website:
www.moniquecrabb.com

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