An ongoing body of work, ALPHABRAVO draws upon the NATO phonetic alphabet — a series of 26 code words, each representing a letter of the alphabet, developed to facilitate radiotelephonic communication between pilots and air traffic controllers, and still used by members of the military and police, the aviation and travel industries.
Through her choice of colors, surfaces, and materials, Crown brings a quiet urgency to the words and their rhythm, and turns them into abstract skyscapes. Pale gouache is applied in the negative space, so that the letters seem to emerge from the linen substrate. Subtly embellished with reflective microspheres, these works look different from different angles; they change as viewers move around and lighting in the room shifts. The pieces suggest a liminal space between the seen and unseen, what is represented and what is not.