My name is Annika Crawford. I am a student at Tufts University, pursuing a BFA in art and BA in world literature. I have been an avid artist since I was a young child, never leaving my home in suburban Pennsylvania without a clipboard and lined paper---a shield to my shyness, but also, a way to speak. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at my local fire department, foraging in nature, and of course, making art.
My artworks seek authentic encounters with reality. I draw entirely from life observation, challenging myself to see truthfully both to the external object in front of me and my internal feeling, even as the paint on the page morphs and decays. Often, I do not know what my paintings will be and the results surprise me -- just as a gardener does not know what fruit a seed will become, but faithfully waters regardless. I hope for my paintings to produce intimate, variable responses in the viewers beholding it.