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Artist ID: 2481

My grandmother was the matriarch of the family. She was from rural North Carolina. Claudia was her name. Among many great and honorable things, she was also a quiltist. She would invite her grandchildren into her 10 by 10 quilting house located behind the main house and allow us to “help her” in whatever she was doing. During one of our humid southern summers, my two sisters and I each made a lap quilt, with her help of course, from her discarded sewing scraps.
It was not until many years later did, I realized that the makeshift quilting house was grandma’s very own studio. And that now with my own art studio, I carry on this matriarchal legacy. By working with hands, to life's adversities, I cultivate meaning, value, community, and dignity by abstracting with various materials. Metaphorically, fragments of our interconnected lives.

The process of abstraction allows me to deconstruct and to build at the same time. It is a simultaneous act of excavation and reconciliation of peace and conflict narratives. Story is my framework. I navigate boundary and spaces within the human experience. Physically. Psychologically. Environmentally. I am interested in these narratives of the mind and in between us as humans as we interact with each other. I explore our humanity and our inhumanity in relation to the self, to one another, and to our surroundings.

I communicate through painting, collage, audio, and moving image. In painting and collage, formally inspired by Nihonga, a 19th century Japanese method of painting, I use natural and synthetic materials that are subjected to trauma by crushing, cutting, heating, and washing away. Works emerge as emotive color fields that balance tumult with delicacy. The interplay of the idea of distress and fragility further reflects variations in our personal and collective experiences.

In my art and in life I work to cultivate more generative interconnections, culturally, socially and globally, through intimate and intentional engagements.

Krystal Hart is a North Carolina native. Hart received her BFA from New York Institute of Technology and is a distinguished recipient of various honors and residencies including a 2007 Chair Person Fine Arts Award for excellence in her art practice and graduating summa cum laude, a 2009 and 2012 Limner Society Residency, the 2018 Mass MoCA Masters of Abstraction Workshop in Residency and the 2022 North Carolina Artist Support Grant.
Hart's various travels inspire her varied cultural influences and inspirations behind her work. She later studied and learned Nihonga, a 19th century Japanese way of painting using plant fiber papers, earth pigments, minerals, and precocious metals.
Hart has a passion for serving her local and global community. Her work often provides a platform for cross-culture and cross-community experiences of a shared human condition. Her aim is shifting perspectives towards restorative and regenerative communities.

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