I am interested in the idea of 'science fiction' and consider its' meaning not as a fantastic explanation of what could be, but instead as it relates to what actually is. A world of understandings based on one proposed fictive interpretation after another. Never really yielding anything true or absolute In a way, humanities biological utility offers only an artificial rendition of what exists in the world instead of a concrete definition, and I find myself seduced by terms like; interpretation, artificial, abstraction, synthetic, and fabrication when I regard the complexity of it all.
As I work to fabricate through drawings and materials what seem to be imagined spaces, forms; both sculptural and two dimensional, the micro/macro; the elements that make up my images operate like propositions in that they lend themselves to interpretation. As abstractions their executions reference schematic illustrations, scientific diagrams, and architectural models while being organic. I discover in the work that the imagined is just as relevant as the real and that during inception the work takes on validity through its fabrication, fiction or not.
I am interested in the intersections between synthetic and organic, real and unreal, abstract and concrete and in that way am intrigued by the forms and concepts associated with Utopia. It is during fabrication that the myriad of materials and imagery fuse together to create from many different components, one. This utopian idea of synthesis permeates both the form and materiality of the work and in "Fabrication", the pieces subsist as intricate and elegant displays of the artificial as organic. I recognize the blatantly synthetic nature of the pieces themselves and through the use of materials exploit of it to both the beauty and absurdity of people's ability to fabricate their own understandings of the world they live in.
Artist Bio / CV
Crystal Wagner was born on February 27, 1982 in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1992 she moved to Pine Grove Pennsylvania. In 2000 Crystal attended Keystone College, a private liberal art school in La Plume Pennsylvania where she earned her Associate Degree in Fine Art, receiving awards for both her prose/fiction writing and also her work as an artist. During her time there, she spent four months in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, experiencing the diverse terrain of the elevated landscape, studying and drawing from nature in the backcountry. Ms. Wagner then moved to Atlanta where she attended The Atlanta College of Art. After two more years with a double concentration in both printmaking and sculpture, she earned her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art. In 2004 she was the recipient of the undergraduate Southern Graphics Council Fellowship for her achievements in printmaking. Crystal just finished her last year at the University of Tennessee as graduate teaching associate, recieving her MFA with a concentration in printmaking. In 2006 she participated in a month long Artist-in-Residency in Poznañ, Poland. Her work has been shown both internationally and nationally. In 2007, she was a Visiting Artist at Kansas City Art Institute. Also during that year she self-published her novel, "Crimson Sky". In 2007 she was awarded the Terry Burnett Award for her overall achievements in fine art at the University of Tennessee. In 2008, Crystal's work was accepted into numerous national juried exhibitions. She was also selected to be a Visiting Artist at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. Most recently, she had a piece titled "Conversion" selected to be exhibited at the Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee. In April 2008, she was a featured emerging artist on Juxtapoz magazines website. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Auburn University Montgomery, Montgomery, AL