“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.
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