Townsend West is an artist living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Townsend first studied painting when in high school at Moore College of Art. She studied Sculpture at the University of Virginia, specializing in large multi-media works. She is a video artist who has shown work at the ICA in Philadelphia, and worked for both TV and motion pictures in New York. Now in Brooklyn, Townsend is a part of The Madagascar Institute, an art combine in Gowanus that creates large-scale sculptures, rides, guerilla art, and performance. Independently, she works in oil paints (in her studio at Industry City, until rents were doubled, forcing her to bring her studio into her home) and in bronze at the New York Art Foundry in Red Hook. She has been in a handful of group and solo shows in New York City and on Cape Cod. In landscapes, she draws and erases and re-draws the pieces of a space and the images progressing within it. She look for motion in the still frame, seeking the right places for delicate, shifting parts. She tries to capture instances when one shifts one's narrow gaze and suddenly, temporarily, see the whole view, with a crystalline clarity. Separately, she uses the hero “Crutchman.” Crutchman is her modern-day Everyman, whom she created and has worked with since 1995. To her, he represents our nearly absurd efforts to use weakness to become strong, and the freedom and triumph we find in this struggle.