Crystal Morey: Delicate Dependencies (more info) Modern Eden Gallery (more info) 801 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94133 October 14 through October 29 Opening Reception: October 14, 2016 from 6:00PM-9:00PM
In her exhibit at Modern Eden Gallery, Crystal Morey brings us a series of porcelain sculptures featuring hybrid human figures. About a half of the sculptures feature a female body with an animal head including a bear head, a crow head, and a ram head. The other half of the sculptures feature a woman with plants or trees as her hair and/or horns. The sculptures are realistically carved making the hybrid look reasonable as opposed to grotesque, in fact they are a delight to view. Even though the concept of the series deals with complex and important issues society faces, the figures individually open up the viewer’s imagination to the magical fairyland of myths and legends. Ms. Morey’s sculptures are clever, eye catching, and executed with tremendous skill.
Ms. Morey was raised in what she calls an “alternative environment” in Northern California, close to nature, which contributes to her inspiration to explore the idea that humans have become the driving force and influence behind natural evolution, as with the Peppered Moth during the Industrial Revolution and our countless hybridization and engineering of plants. Ms. Morey’s human-animal hybrids represent an ultimate evolutionary, engineering and genetics feat and she said her sculptures are meant to serve as a warning that if we continue relating to nature as we do, then there is a potential for destruction and downfall. Her metaphor of hybrid humans to direct attention to the ways in which we are affecting nature is brilliant; however, the sculptures themselves do not necessarily serve as a warning because they are simply too delightful!