Crystal Neubauer, Kenosha
2018–19 RAM Artist Fellowship Award Recipient
Photography: Camela Langendorf, Varitay Studios
Crystal Neubauer is a self-taught artist. After a career in the printing industry, Neubauer turned to art full time. In the past 15 years she has hosted workshops all over the United States and will be teaching at the upcoming Fiber Arts Conference in Australia in the spring of 2020. In 2018, she participated in the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago as a guest of an international gallery.
The author of The Art of Expressive Collage: Techniques for Creating with Paper and Glue, published in 2015 by North Light Books, Neubauer has also written articles for and been featured in numerous other books, publications, and podcasts and has her own video series on the art of collage. She is currently represented by galleries in Seattle, Washington; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Chicago, Illinois, and her work can be found in private and corporate collections across the country. In October 2015, she moved to the Racine/Kenosha area where she continues to work.
Regardless of the media included, my work always comes down to collage. I seek to create a dialogue around the issue of self-worth, identity, and the perception of human value through the use of salvaged materials. I see these items as a metaphor for our own lives, and seek to bring them together in a way that opens the viewer to a deeper experience of an overarching theme of personal redemption—where every part of who you are is embraced and nurtured.
I call my process intuitive, but it all boils down to learning to trust and open myself to the voice inside; the one that can guide creative decisions and bring about a much richer work of art.
From obtaining gallery representation, to writing for a mixed media magazine, and authoring my book and videos, to teaching workshops nationwide and in my own studio, learning to tune in to the voice within has led me on a journey of learning “I can.” It is my desire to inspire others to believe they can too.