US-based artist Crystal Wagner transforms paper into sculptural works that combine a radiant colour palette with textures and forms that evoke foliage, flowers and vines. Her practice incorporates site-specific installations that ambitiously dominate the space, almost architectural in scale, with the manipulated paper forms transformed into pieces which seem to overflow with life and energy. The artist also creates smaller framed works that are contained within bespoke frames which address ideas of man’s manipulation of nature and the endless regeneration of life. This multi-disciplinary artist creates sculptural forms using the by-product of trees themselves. This ubiquitous and familiar material mutates into a mythological, Triffid-like form that writhes and distorts within the frame, attempting to break free of its boundaries.
Wagner’s work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S and abroad and has been placed in collections around the world. Her most recent commissions include a large-scale installation for the internationally recognized band The Flaming Lips. a large shadow box for GNU a snowboard company out of Portland, OR, a large-scale installation piece for NIKE, presented in the Shrine Auditorium for The KOBE X Blackout Experience, and most recently two installations for Viacom, one of which is a 117 ft piece at their headquarters in Times Square. Her work has been documented extensively in the media, including the New York Times, VH1, Juxtapoz Magazine and Beautiful Decay amongst others.