Born in Dinton, within a stones throw of where her exhibition is taking place, Bridget’s life has taken her on an extensive journey of discovery. From early years in London and Malta, Gozo and then Middle East as the wife of a British Naval Officer, she has a thirst for exploration that is undiminished. Now aged 81, movement continues to influence her work. The language is pared back, deceptively simple marks and gestures in charcoal or stone that are immediately and powerfully suggestive. A bird leaps off the page or takes flight bringing with it a sense of the vitality and also of moments long past.
It is this sense of timelessness that is so suggestive in her work and one of the reasons why Messums Wiltshire are delighted to be giving the first solo exhibition in this 13th Century Barn to Bridget McCrum. Time walks beside her in that sense as it does the building itself.
It is perhaps fitting that in the later years of her career Bridget has tackled questions of scale in her work. The show offers a unique opportunity to really see and understand in depth the variety and language behind her work.