Crystal Neubauer

2018 RAM Artist Fellowship Recipient

"My eye is constantly seeing patterns and possible inspiration in nature, on the sides of old buildings, on the ground underfoot. Everywhere I look, I notice small compositions that I want to translate to larger works. I go to bed rendering foundations and attachments in my head, often scribbling notes for myself just as I drift off, which I then have to decipher when I am awake."  — Crystal Neubauer
 

Artist Statement

Regardless of the media I include, 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.

Whether rendered in a 3-dimensional assemblage fashion or a 2D picture plane, my fascination begins with found papers. 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.

Artist Interview with RAM Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna.

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Crystal Neubauer
Onesome, 2019
Book spines, found objects, and adhesive
24 inches diameter
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Crystal Neubauer
Storm and Silence, 2019
Found objects, encaustic, tar, and adhesive
24 x 36 inches
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Crystal Neubauer
The Acre of My Soul, 2019
Found objects, encaustic, tar, and adhesive
24 inches diameter
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Crystal Neubauer
Selections from the Shields Series, 2019
Book spines, found objects, and encaustic
Dimensions vary
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist
Crystal Neubauer
Wherever You May Lead, 2019
Found objects, cold wax, encaustic, and adhesive
24 inches diameter
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Photography: Courtesy of the Artist