Crystal Interface

Mara Marxt Lewis / Tyler Lewis (Collaborative Work)
Finalist

This immersive work is a place for listening, and for physically exploring the visual space created by the artists. A landscape is constructed by combining real geological specimens with fabricated ones, the latter becoming physical sound objects through the use of vibrational transducers. A rhythmic dialogue across a multi-channel audio environment grows out of the sonic interplay between these sculptural entities. Crystals function in both scientific and metaphorical ways, interfacing between the animate and inanimate, the organic and inorganic. Crystal formations may appear lifeless, even as corpses, but they hint at life; its growth and movement. In CRYSTAL INTERFACE the active sound environment becomes the life of the crystals, the individual crystal sound objects forming a compound sonic space.

Crystal Interface

Mara Marxt Lewis / Tyler Lewis (Collaborative Work)
Finalist

Artist Statements

Mara Marxt Lewis / Tyler Lewis (Collaborative Work)
Finalist

Mara Marxt Lewis

The Anthropocene is the most current epoch, during which the human species has managed to forge a lasting mark into the fabric of our planet for future generations to uncover. In my artistic practice, I follow this complex relationship between humankind and nature. How we engage with our natural environment is at times harmonious and other times oblivious. I present both of these perspectives in installation artworks using found objects, photography & audio-recordings to combine and contrast elements from the natural world with the modern world that humans have created through advances in knowledge and technology. My artworks invite the viewer to be immersed by sound and carefully sculpted spaces that question the meaning of our actions on this planet. By creating multi-channel sound environments with a sound artist, and using objects which represent various elements of the anthropocene, my installations consider possible interfaces or unexpected meeting points between humans & nature.

Tyler Lewis