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Crystal Latimer

Crystal Latimer's paintings explore the hybridity of Western and Latin American identity. For her understanding hybrid identity, and its coexistence within historical context, does not assume a position in words, but in shape. Embedded in the compositions is Latin American culture: its intricate folk arts, tropical flora, and warm hues; while graffiti tags, bold mark-making, and images of conquest interrupt this metaphorical skin. Patterns, both traditional and commercial, are fragmented and pieced together. Colors infused with Latin flavor are diluted by a ubiquitous white. Organic, blooming forms are contrasted by flat or rigid fields. Latimer's paintings use the tools of paint and brush to consider the colonization of Latin American, and its continual role as “colony” to Western society. Without taking a political stance, she aims to draw attention to the visual tapestries and unknown histories of this underrepresented area.


Latimer is an artist and educator based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from Slippery Rock University in 2010, followed by an MA and MFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013 and 2016, respectively. Her artwork has been extensively exhibited in the regional area, including shows at the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Chautauqua Institute, Mine Factory, and Framehouse and Jask. Her international experience includes a group show in Hong Kong, China, as well as an Artist Residency at the Joaquín Chaverri Fábrica de Carretas in Sarchí, Costa Rica. Publications include features in Local Arts PGH, Art Maze Magazine, Ruminate Magazine, and Fresh Paint Magazine. Latimer was selected for an Emerging Artist Award at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2016, where she was also presented with a Juror’s Choice Award. Her artwork is included in private collections in addition to the public collections of Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, PNC Corporate, and the Benter Foundation.

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Sunday 1 - 5

 BoxHeart Expressions 4523 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224