Liam Crichton initially began studying interior architecture before focusing on sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, for which he obtained a BA Hons degree in 2010. Crichton is interested in physical space, notably the built environment. He works with everyday materials, often appropriated from construction, such as steel, wood or glass. He also uses sound as a material, considering it to form part of our physical experience of space.
His works explores ideas of minimalism, or what he calls the essence of form and space, physicality and entropy. Crichton’s work is often site-specific and dialogues with the social and historical context of the location.
Crichton describes his 2016 installation ‘Echo Chamber’, as an anti-monument. It references the civic sculptures located around Belfast City Town Hall. These ‘echos’ of past grandeur, today sit silent and powerless, their significance lost in the tumult of everyday life. An audio recording taken on site is projected through a guitar amplifier on a steel plinth. This simulacrum of traditional sculpture subverts social codes, combining high and low art forms. The fragility of the fine steel plinth contradicts notions of permanence and reminds us of the timelessness of monuments.