CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves

September 21- November 2nd, 2019


North Adams, MA

September 21- November 2nd, 2019

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 21, 5-7 pm


North Adams, MA —

Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to announce CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves, introducing a new series of porcelain sculpture that explores elements of art history and our connection to today’s changing, natural world.

Leslie Ferrin, director Ferrin Contemporary, “We are pleased to present Crystal Morey’s first solo exhibition on the East Coast and the opportunity it provides to share her artwork and learn about her process through a related series of talks and demonstrations. This new series, Venus on the Waves, captures the spirit of a new generation of pop surrealist, figurative artists who use history to inform their practice while adding a contemporary spin by introducing issues relevant to our time.”

As a result of human consumption, climate change, and habitat loss, we are experiencing increased responsibility to care for the living creatures around us. Morey’s delicate porcelain works highlight these precarious connections and our roles as advocates and protectors of our most vulnerable species. Her sculptures narrate the interdependence between humans, plants, and animals while cultivating empathy for our changing world.

Inspired by 18th century European painting, sculpture, and porcelain figurines, Morey’s works in Venus on the Waves combine the decadent and ornate qualities of the Baroque with romanticism of nature. Her emphasis on historical female archetypes and their relationship to the natural world echoes the past while reflecting on today’s environmental challenges.

CRYSTAL MOREY: Venus on the Waves

At Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA | September 21- November 2nd, 2019

Crystal Morey explains, “Venus on the Waves, is a new body of work that weaves the magic, narrative and power of art history with our contemporary environmental issues of today. Through hand sculpted porcelain creations, I am building a connection to the past though the vulnerable creatures and habitats of today.”

Crystal Morey’s ceramic works have been widely featured in publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2018, her work was included in Revive, Remix, Respond at The Frick Pittsburgh, PA, in a group exhibition inspired by the Frick’s collection which was co-curated by Dawn Brean and Leslie Ferrin. Her work has been featured in New Age of Ceramics500 Figures in ClayJuxtapozHi-FructoseAmerican Art Collector, Hey Magazine, Palace Costas, Beautiful Bizarreand Sculpture Review.  Morey received her BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the California College of the Arts in 2006 and her MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University in 2015, followed by residencies at The LH Project, OR; Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME; and the Penland School of Craft, NC. She currently lives and works in Oakland, California.

Entangled: Grizzly (Part 1) & (Part 2)

California Bighorn Sheep

Leda and the Swan

Release the Winds

Sea Level Rise in Eden

Three Graces

Venus on the Waves

Venus (After Michelangelo’s David)


Visiting Artist Lecture
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5:30-6:30pm
Harvard University– Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA

Click HERE for more about the lecture at Harvard Ceramics.

Click HERE to read the feature in The Berkshire Eagle by Jennifer Huberdeau

Click HERE to learn more about the workshop and events at Project Art, Cummington, MA.

Click HERE to see other works and learn more about Crystal Morey.

Click HERE to inquire about available works for sale.


Download Press Release HERE

Crystal Morey in Figural Sculpture: Additive / Subtractive Processes in Porcelain
September 20 – 22, 2019

at PROJECT ART in Cummington, MA

Crystal Morey: Artist Talk
Friday, September 20, 7pm
at PROJECT ART in Cummington, MA