Vertigo of Maintenance
Location: 95 3rd Street at Mission Street; San Francisco, CA
In Vertigo of Maintenance, Amber Crabbe presents 18 color photographs that explore the deep fear she has of living trapped within a slowly decaying body. She portrays the many behaviors that she, and others, employ to disassociate themselves from their own mortality. Humans pluck and trim and feed and scrub and fold and wipe and disinfect, but these maintenance rituals become less effective, and more maddening, as time goes on.
Ms. Crabbe's work portrays her reaction to this predicament, which is manifested with anger, mockery, despair, self-directed violence, passive aggressiveness, and morbid humor. She works primarily in still life by situating familiar objects and human forms in unexpected contexts. Many images contain body parts but minimize personifying traits by truncating the body or otherwise distorting it.
The tension she creates in each image lends itself to a range of reactions from horror to laughter, but disorientation is universal.
Amber Crabbe is a photographer who explores the manifestation of mortality and solitude in everyday life through maintenance rituals such as grooming, feeding, and self-harm. She received a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and achieved a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Visual Arts from the U.C. Berkeley Extension in 2010. Her work has been exhibited in San Francisco and Berkeley, California and in various online galleries and private collections. She lives and works in Oakland, California.