Of Real and Imagined Places by Crystal Teo

Next up in our GSA grad special is Crystal Teo. As a creative and design researcher,  she is interested in the ideas of place and self, and charts her findings through mixed-media works to speak of cultural identities.

Crystal about her project: “In a country where places and locations are ephemeral, how can one establish themselves within the landscape of this nation? Of Real and Imagined Places is a series of visuals that examines being, belonging and identity. Seeing the need to acquire territory as a prerequisite to identity, the visuals examine the connections between the geological, biological and emotional processes while utilizing the language of maps. This apparent nervous system made up of a legend of disorientation, serves as a kind of cartography for the human body; a search for identity. The map reveals a journey of reconstruction and change, a journey of discovery; never settling. It conveys the idea that this perplexity contributes to our identity and it is through this journey that we embrace the fact that disorientation makes us, us.”

The GSA Degree show opens on July 9 and runs until July 15 at DECK.



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