Philip Crawford

Visual Artist

One of the projects I’ve started during my time in quarantine is a series of monoprints exploring the acoustics of resistance and protest. In the process of researching protest songs, I became particularly interested in the evolution of the Black American gospel hymn “Gospel Plow” through the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries into protest, pop, and hip hop genres. Throughout these shifts, through lyrical and melodic changes, the powerful refrain “Hold on!” remained. These prints take that phrase as their point of departure and explore the visual possibilities of instability and repetition.