For the Phenomena(l) catalogue, E.G. Crichton writes, "The term 'matter out of place' is a definition of dirt by anthropologist Mary Douglas from her classic work 'Purity and Danger.' This project grows out of my interest in cultural notions of purity, cleanliness and civilization. These images are created first as chemical reactions between consumer cleaning products and then as digital apparitions. The results take on the appearance of microscopic, cosmic and aerial mapping, manifesting both a striking beauty and...the ordinariness of its representational ingredients. Through the visual seduction of pseudo-scientific imaging, I look for larger metaphors of disturbance and displacement."
E.G. Crichton is a visual artist who creates both gallery installations and collaborative public works. She uses a range of strategies to explore hidden histories, collective social concerns, site-specific subject matter, and controversies about desire. Her work grows out of a collusion between site and historical research, stories from her life, and stories from the lives of people she interviews. She often works within community settings and collaborates across disciplines with performers, writers, scientists and composers, to name a few. The resulting narratives form a layered exploration of both memory and record an uneasy alliance between private and public voices and images that addresses a space where repression encounters desire. Her work has been exhibited in art institutions and as public installations in Europe, Asia, Australia and across the US. She is a professor in the Art Department at UCSC and the first Artist-in-Residence for the GLBT Historical Society. Crichton earned her MFA from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1993 and her BA in Art from San Francisco State University in 1989.