AMC Online | Profile of an Alaskan Artist: Crystal Worl
On July 7 at 7:00 PM, Tlingit and Athabascan visual mixed-media artist and co-creator of Trickster Company Crystal Worl will meet with the Russian audience online to talk about formline art, reflecting the indigenous experience in her work, and how for her being creative is ingrained in being indigenous.
Crystal Worl will sit down with curator, designer, and author Sarah Asper-Smith and the online audience to discuss her work and share how she practices the recreation and modernization of her Clan’s stories and Raven stories from home and how her work explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals.
We have two moieties that are considered opposites, the Raven and the Eagle;
and the Raven and Eagle Clans always balance one another out. That balance
is reflected in the art, it’s reflected in our regalia, how we acknowledge one
another, this reciprocal relationship of creating harmony and balance between
opposites. My thing is exploring what it means for color.”
— Artist Crystal Worl
About the artist:
Crystal Rose Demientieff Worl is Tlingit Athabascan from Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House. She is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska.
Crystal works in printmaking, painting, and public art. She practices the recreation and modernization of her Clan’s stories and Raven stories from home. Her work explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals. Crystal recently completed a 3-year apprenticeship with Robert Davidson studying Tlingit and Haida design as it applies to apparel, regalia and painting/2D work. The apprenticeship has given her a stronger understanding and foundation for classic formline design.
Crystal Worl earned a BFA and AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her education also includes Pilchuck Glass, Kiln-Formed Glass and Public Art. She completed a residency at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of several awards, including Koahnic Broadcast Station- Emerging Artist, Alaska Native Artist Spotlight and Alaska Federation of Natives, Lu Young Youth Leadership Award. Select exhibitions include the JuneauDouglas Museum; Ketchikan Museum; and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe. Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle; and Pratt Museum, Homer. Crystal has several public art installations in Alaska including a design on the side of an Juneau’s Capitol City Fire Rescue ambulance, a steal cut medallion installed downtown Juneau, and most recently a 60 foot by 25 foot mural of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich on Juneau’s downtown library building.
Today Crystal lives in Juneau, Alaska working as a co-owner and co-designer of Trickster Company with her brother Rico Worl. Trickster Company promotes innovative indigenous design focused on the Northwest Coast art and exploration of themes and issues in Native culture. (www.trickstercompany.com) Crystal is currently serving a 5-year seat on Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Native Artist Committee. She is one of six highly qualified advisors to review programs and provide guidance on the institute’s art projects and mission to elevate Juneau to a Northwest Coast arts capitol.
About the moderator:
Sarah Asper-Smith established ExhibitAK in 2010 after years of working independently and collaboratively as a curator, exhibit designer, and graphic designer in museums in different parts of Alaska. A lifelong Juneauite, Sarah came back to Alaska after receiving her MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design because she saw a need for Alaskans to help tell Alaskan stories. This has included working on: co-curatorial exhibit development for the Alaska State Museum in Juneau; multiple traveling exhibitions to rural Alaska with the Katirvik Cultural Center; exhibition design and rebranding for the Kodiak History Museum; and the traveling exhibit Illustrating Alaska; Artists Making Children’s Books. In addition to her museum exhibition design work, Sarah has written four children’s books, Have You Ever Seen a Smack of Jellyfish?, I Would Tuck You In, You Are Home With Me, and I Would Teach You to Fly. She and her husband make their home up 100 stairs in downtown Juneau. When she’s not cooking a delicious meal or walking the beaches with her dog, she can often be found working at her long dining table.
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