Interview performed and written by Celine Alkhaldi.
Kristal Kordich-Crandall, 26, from Victoria, BC, moved to Montreal in 2008 and graduated with distinction from Concordia’s BFA in Studio Arts and Creative Writing. She explains that painting’s rich history inspires her to learn as many styles and techniques as possible. She’s had a love affair with art for as long as she can remember.
Nowadays,when focusing on precise narratives requiring a certain level of realism, she primarily paints using oils. Otherwise, when her idea demands a greater sense of immediacy she chooses acrylic or mixed media, where she is free to grab whatever she has in the studio – whether it be string, wax or even forks.
Her work draws from mythological, psychological and even philosophical narratives. Kristal considers each painting a stage, with its own plot and space. Painting each of the actors, she depicts the climax of each narrative.
In 2009 Kristal became a Studio Beluga resident artist, and turned her then-studio on Mont-Royal into a part-time gallery space in 2010. Since then she has been featured at the FOFA and VAV galleries, as well as some Pop-Ups on Parc. Several cafes currently exhibit her work, and she will be participating in a collective show at the Ecomusee du Fier Monde in April.
When it comes to the art industry, she has mixed sentiments. On one hand, it provides artists with a visual and economical base to relate to. That said, she thinks that placing the market in the hands of critics and galleries, rather than in those of artists and their public, can encourage egotism, dissolving the sense of community between artists. She thinks that’s where initiatives like Centerfold are interesting, and help to gradually shift the influence.
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.”
– Anaïs Nin