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Crystal Bennes is an American-born artist and writer based in Edinburgh. Her project-based practice is grounded in the relationship between nature, science and culture and combines academic research methodologies with traditional and innovative modes of material experimentation.
Recent bodies of work have investigated the survival of ancient trees in Scotland; the relationship between the geology of the Paris Basin and the city’s built environment; and a fantastic tale of the accidental migration of weeds across Europe in the nineteenth century, carried from one country to another in hay carefully packed around crated marble sculptures.
Her current work—undertaken as a practice-based PhD at Northumbria University—is largely concerned with the research culture of particle physics, a culture which she explores directly through extended trips to major sites of scientific research including Fermilab, CERN and the Kamioka Observatory Institute for Cosmic Ray Research.
She also writes on art, architecture and design for a number of publications including Icon, Frieze, Disegno and Art Agenda.