At the Edge of Time

Exhibition at Antler Gallery in Portland Oregon!

“At the Edge of Time”

November 28th, 2015 through January 10th, 2016

Works available: HERE

Humankind has become the driving influence and force behind natural evolution. We are able to alter life from a single cell all the way up to entire ecosystems. Intentionally or unintentionally, we are rapidly affecting changes to the environment that would have taken natural processes millennia. Through these actions we are leaving many vulnerable species and habitats frantic, facing disruptions and uncertain outcomes. In my work I investigate these actions while also creating an evocative and mysterious narrative that shows our interdependence with the land and animals around us.

As a species, we sit “At the Edge of Time”, faced with monumental questions leading to difficult, uncertain answers. My figures exist on this frontier, absorbed in their own feelings of stress, anxiety and ambivalence. Sculpted from the silken white earth of porcelain, I see these delicate figures as containing power – as modern talismans and precious telling objects. They are here to remind us of our current trajectory and potential for destruction and downfall. NorthAmBison - 1 flightlines - 3 01_Antler_GrowlingBear - 1 02_Antler_Hawk - 1 Markhor - 1 (2) 03_Antler_StandingHawk - 1

Unnatural Histories 3

I will have a sculpture in Unnatural Histories 3 at Antler Gallery, opening this September 27th. I am so happy to be included in this wonderful show, with an amazingly talented group of artists.uhiiishowcardFINAL

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Crystal Morey – “Homo-hybrida Ursus

Ceramic clay and glaze // 11″ x 4″ x 5″ // 2014 // $525  

AVAILABLE HERE!

After the mass decline of many of our natural habitats, humans, along with the other members of class Mammalia, found it necessary to share shelter, resources, intellect, instinct, and intuition. Humans had no other choice except to return to natural ways of existing. Bears, being one of the largest land predators, were acutely affected by the rapid change in seasons, habitat loss, and scarcity of prey. Having similar needs, humans and bears observed mutual traits in one another and adapted into a subspecies we now know as “Homo-hybrida ursus .” The function of the third eye adaptation is still unknown, though there are many who believe it is meant to see and warn against future disruptive events.

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Habitats Collide: Antler Gallery

“Habitats Collide” – Crystal Morey works in a very traditional style, building each piece from the base up and firing/glazing them multiple times, to make pieces which reflect our complex relationship with the environments which surround us. Her human figures, encased in animal bodies, reflect the subjective and ever changing boundaries between humanity and the natural world. Through the “great acceleration”, which has been taking place since the industrial revolution, human beings have become the biggest variable in the changing nature of the natural world. The way we develop our societies has a direct and irreversible impact on the natural ecosystems that we are continually encroaching upon. Crystal’s works deal with these conflicts, whilst also referencing the ways in which ancient civilizations or peoples viewed wildlife and nature. This influence upon her sculpture has given the pieces a totemic feel that immediately calls to mind our changing attitudes toward the beings that we share the planet with.

Antler Gallery
2728 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon. 97211
http://www.antlerpdx.com/
503-284-6757

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Antler Gallery

Habitats Collide: New Works by Crystal Morey

I am interested in what it means to be human and our emotional connections to other creatures and the natural world. I am captivated in the way natural habitats are delicately and tenuously woven together, dependent on complex relationships and conditions. As humans we are both the most capable adapters to new environments while also the most destructive and invasive element. I aim to show ideas of interconnectedness through human and animal emotions of frustration, conflict and contemplation. I want to show how human and animal fates are infinitely bound together and how the stresses we invoke create uncertainty in our rapidly changing environment.

Antler Gallery

Artists Reception: June 25th – Opening: June 26th

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2728 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon
 97211

OPEN EVERYDAY 11am – 7pm
503-284-6757