I believe in breaching binaries.
Through my work, I explore the slippery relationship between power and the body; weaving together my interests in gender and sexuality, the ethics of personhood in respect to the more-than-human world, and the poetics of materials. Recently, I have been working with power as expressed through the constructs of gender and nature, using hunting and sexual desire as a way to trace the complex movements of power between bodies.
The post-Enlightenment body is anthropocentric. Ruling systems of thought grant bodies to people and animals, but not to plants or rocks or something as intangible as light. Because the body serves as a metonym for personhood, kinship, and agency in western culture, my work reimagines the body in order to build solidarity and empathy with other beings. In my practice the body exists as both organic and inorganic, matter and spirit, sculpture and text. It reveals points of overlap—moments wherein binary constructs dissolve and we catch glimpses of ourselves in the other. At once object and subject; animal and plant; masculine and feminine, this broadened understanding of the body encourages us to imagine into reality a more complex spectrum of experience.
This spectrum shapes my relationship with materials. When we name, define, and use materials, we imbue them with cultural meanings that are limited by our human understanding of the world. Yet they also maintain their own distinct inner lives. When I collaborate with something like salt, plants, or ultraviolet light, I take care to be sensitive to their desires and boundaries. This material ethics manifests in my assemblage process——bringing materials together so they can build their own layers of meaning to trouble, subvert, or expand how we see ourselves in relation to our world.
Margaux Crump is an interdisciplinary artist who is based in Houston, TX. She was born in 1989 under a dark moon. Margaux enjoys long walks, the smell of musky roses, playing with kittens, and perusing the grocery store for phallic produce.