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I wish to discover what’s beyond the visible. I feel it’s my duty as an artist to take over the investigation where science severed itself from the supernatural. The mystical is a part of nature, and humanity is nature. I need to examine, with myself as a test subject, what (if any) truth there is to these spiritual claims. However, unlike a scientist, my reports are composed of my expressed feelings and experiences. My aim is to forge a connection beyond time, beyond death, beyond worlds, but mostly, beyond myself.

Crystal Dyer Art Artwork Artist Writing Chateau Orquevaux d'Orquevaux France French New York NY New York City NYC Art Residency

Death is the focal point of my work. It is the spider sitting in the center of the spiritual web I am examining. My interest in spirituality comes from my mother’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed when I was three years old. When I was in 7th grade, she was placed in a nursing home while I went to live with relatives. Ever since that time, her health deteriorated until her passing in December 2019. The loss of her humanity and eventual life led me to question our reality and explore other planes of consciousness. I do this through various experiments. 
My practice is a series of experiments where I explore certain methods, usually occult in nature, in order to attain a greater understanding of myself and my place in the world.  My materials are considered based on what the project deems necessary and the constraints of my abilities. It’s important to me that my hand be the sole maker, ensuring that there is a transference of my essence -failures and epiphanies- into the work. 
© Crystal Dyer
~ the words of Chief Seattle 1852~
‘This we know:
the Earth does not belong to Man,
Man belongs to the Earth.
All things are connected like the blood that unites us all.
Man did not weave the web of life,
He is merely a strand in it.
Whatever he does to the web he does to himself.’