During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Crown’s driving force every day was to ask “What’s not wrong today?” While living in a state of uncertainty, Crown found a way back to the essentials and to the importance of connecting with both family, friends, and our own selves.
Throughout this year, Crown found herself meditating again and again on the Japanese proverb “a Monogoto niwa taitei ura no ura ga aru mono da” which translates to “in most things generally there is a reverse to the reverse.” The reverse side of COVID-19 will always have another side. Every day has a night. Every month has periods of darkness and full moons. This is the cycle of the universe, and we need to be resilient and push on.
This daily intention sparked a new series of paintings, which eventually became the center of her EMANARE installation. The canvases integrate the text from this Japanese proverb with swatches of color reminiscent both of Crown’s Aspen Map paintings and the underside of a patched quilt. There is no right or wrong side — each side has a counterpart and a story to tell.