Crystal Stokes (Born 1985, Morrisville VT, United States) is an artist who mainly works with drawing. By emphasizing aesthetics, Stokes makes work that deals with the observation of faces and the question of how they can be represented through various approaches such as drawing and pencil sketch as well as other mediums. The work tries to express this with the help of interpretation and her broad scope of life experiences.
The collected works often explore the inner artistic nature of the subject. This results in the fact that the artist can easily imagine an original interpretation without being hindered by the strictly visible reality. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, she seduces the viewer into a world of impressions on paper articulating the full range of emotions present in portrait art. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate the human drama in order to clarify our existence and to find poetic meaning in everyday life.
Each piece is an investigation into representations of (seemingly) concrete ideas and situations as well as depictions that can only be realized in drawing. With a conceptual approach, she tries to portray a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, involving the viewer in a way that is sometimes surreal and believes in the idea of function following form in a body of work.
Sometimes radiating a cold and latent silence and at times, disconcerting beauty emerges. The inherent visual seductiveness, along with the conciseness of the exhibitions, further complicates the reception of their manifold layers of meaning. By examining the ambiguity and origination via retakes and variations, she tries to increase the dynamic between the art piece and the observer by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Her works directly respond to the surrounding environment using the everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context.