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Crystal Floyd is a visual artist based in Jacksonville, Florida.
Like her subject matter, Crystal's creative output thwarts classification, utilizing a variety of mediums, most prominently found objects, preserved flora and fauna, textiles and living plants. Her work touches on concepts of nature and fantasy, drawing from her almost obsessive desire to collect and catalog objects of inspiration. She frequently blends concepts of old and new, organic and artificial, whimsical and mundane. One detects a strong sense of history and magic at play in Crystal's visual vocabulary. This sense is undoubtedly connected to her lifelong ties to the South, an area that is as weird as it is beautiful.
Crystal works primarily from her studio at CoRK Arts District, where she serves as Director, handling general operations of the complex housing 80,000+ square feet of galleries and artist studio space. Since 2015, Crystal has also filled the role of bimonthly visual arts curator for all three Bold Bean Coffee Roasters locations. In 2017, she became the owner of the ecotourism business Lazy Jay’s Tour Co., which offers personalized, guided tours of natural areas in Northeast Florida. Last Fall, her exhibition at the Thomas Center Gallery’s 2017 juried show, “Cross Creek Rising: The Consciousness of Land and Water,” received an Honorable Mention. Her work has appeared nationally, most recently in shows at Light Grey Art Lab (Minneapolis, MN), the Gallery at Avalon Island (Orlando, FL), Flower Pepper Gallery (Pasadena, CA), and other locations in the United States. Locally, she has been part of several exhibitions at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and had work on display for six months in the concourse gallery of the Jacksonville International Airport in 2016. Crystal is a recipient of a 2013 ArtVentures Individual Artist Grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. Her exhibition with fellow artist Eric Gillyard, entitled "Dark Nature," won Folio's Best of Jax award for Best Art Exhibition of 2012 an article written on her work was featured on the cover of Folio's Fall Arts Issue in September 2017.
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