Crystal Gregory is a multimedia artist whose work offers a provocative mix of traditional handmade objects, textiles, architecture, and craft. Following her recent graduation from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she relocated to Amsterdam, Holland to take a position as Artist In Residence at Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art in the Glass Department. She is now living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Gregory has been awarded the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts.
“Form is created through a series of lines interlaced to create a structural fabric. Each thread alone is fragile, the whole is strong. My interest lies in materials and their meaning; their histories, utilities, and their social connotations. It is through lace that I reimagine line and drawing. The objects and installations reclaim the temporality of decorative patterns, found mathematics, textiles, and architecture, reorganized through a structural abstractions. Materials such as lace and lead can be voyeuristic materials. The gaze passes easily through allowing or forcing the separation from the ‘other’ (the thing contained). The materials highlight, objectify, and eroticize the other side. The work creates and collapses pattern systems found in cloth, interior architecture, and material culture.”