Using bilateral symmetry as a gateway to visual portals in nature, in this series, my work challenges perceptions of what is observable, apparent, and subjectively known. My visual depictions of crystals create a space for the process of discovery, to what is hidden in plain sight. In my recent Crystal Spirits series, I’ve assembled digital artworks featuring photographs from my personal collection of crystals. Each photograph carries within it a pattern or inherit visual structure that is not revealed until it is duplicated in its mirror image. A fascinating fact about crystals is that their crystalline structure reflects a perfectly ordered repeating pattern of symmetrical geometrical shapes. What to the observer may appear as chaotic casual reflections of light, at first glance is always deceiving. I can never imagine or predict what will be revealed and discovered within the crystal photograph until the pieces are put together, like a puzzle that only unveils itself once it is whole.
These crystal images reveal to the viewer what appear as mystical figures brought about in symmetrical shapes. These spiritual concepts of totems, faces, deities, and mythological creatures are buried deep within each stone.