May 2020

In Silence

Crystal Tursich

Virtual Opening • May 2, 2020 at 1pm
Artist Talk • June 20, 2020 at 1pm


Artist Bio

Crystal Tursich is a photographic artist based in Columbus, Ohio. She creates diaristic photographs that hover between staged self portraits and constructed memories. Her work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Ohio and the Midwest, with her most recent solo exhibitions taking place in Dayton and Defiance, Ohio. She is the 2019 recipient of the EMERGE Fellowship Award from Midwest Center of Photography. Recently, Tursich has had work included in publications by Don’t Smile Publications and Soft Lightning Studios.

Crystal Tursich serves as an Upper School Art Teacher at Columbus Academy. Previously, Tursich has held positions as a Lecturer at The Ohio State University and an Adjunct Instructor at Columbus College of Art & Design. She received her MFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and BFA from Adrian College.

Artist Statement

The world moves and I am still. Deafening silence fills the room as I fixate on ceiling tiles. An ultrasound technician to my right fumbles with how to break the news. For the next several days, I go through the motions forcing myself to eat and sleep along the way. Friends and family send their condolences, share their experiences, attempt to console me. I feel everything and nothing all at once. A time of conflicting emotions, I try to make sense of it all.

In Silence visualizes loss and the looming emotions thereafter. I turned to my camera after suffering a miscarriage to construct and document the moments connected to my loss. Each image is carefully constructed, depicting personal mementos and symbols. The resulting photographs serve as artifacts, creating a visual archive of my experience and the accompanied complex emotions that cannot be articulated through words alone. This series serves as a personal narrative of loss and healing.

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