Crystal Clark – New Haven, Connecticut

“I guess, for things to get better, not to get worse. I could say that directly as ‘in the world,’ ‘in society,’ ‘this community,’ and myself. Because I like the idea of progression, and I like the idea of growing and becoming a better version of what’s happening. I don’t want to be like ‘World Peace’ or whatever, it’s just for things to get better, because I think that’s realistic and I think there are people out there trying to make things better. A lot of people don’t know, but there are a quite a few out there trying to kick some butt and trying to make the world a better place.”

“My name is Crystal Clark. I’m an artist. I work here at Strange Ways, where we have stuff by independent artists: pins and patches all done by illustrators. I’m actually working on a pin right now for the shop, I’m very excited about it. It’s going to be a little bee, representing ‘the protector’ because bees protect their hive, they protect – if you think about it – food because they’re pollinating, so I think bees are awesome and are very important.”

“I’ve been here my whole life. I was born in New Haven, I went to high school in New Haven, so, forever.”

“The first thing I think of is the ‘underground’ community that other people would call ‘the Townies’ – so I would be a ‘Townie.’ Because I’ve been here my whole life and I’ve been a part of, you know, the music scene and the art scene and I’ve been at protests and doing all kinds of stuff. And I think a lot of people who think of New Haven, they’re like ‘Yale. Arts & Ideas. Art Space’ they think these big things around town or they think about the famous restaurants like Mia’s – which, all are great, but I think a lot of people don’t think about the people who are here all the time.

There’s an awesome art scene here, there’s an awesome music scene here, but it’s not advertised well because there’s a lot of competition with other things going on in town. That’s something that’s really awesome about here, once you meet other people around town, say if you go to like, Three Sheets, or you go to other bars around town, you’re like ‘Oh, there’s all these awesome people who live here and they’re really talented and they’re doing stuff.”

“I don’t go to New York as much as I used to, mostly because I’m trying to focus on my own art – and then working and all that jazz. I do think they go together because New York and New Haven have a lot of similarities, in the sense there’s a lot of culture, there’s a lot of different kinds of food, restaurants, the music and art – just kind of like a smaller version of New York. And I’ve had other people tell me who’ve lived in New York, or lived in Boston, or Portland, Oregon be like ‘New Haven’s the perfect sized town.’ It kinda has a little bit of everything and it’s not too overwhelming. So, they’re kinda like ‘friends’ – New York and New Haven – and it’s really easy to jump on he train and in two hours, boom, you’re in New York.”

“What I think I’d miss the most [if I left New Haven] is being familiar with the town as well as the faces. Because there’s something about going out and seeing somebody like ‘Hey guys!’, like seeing a bunch of people that you’ve known for ten+ years, maybe 15 years, or going to your favorite bar and whoever’s on staff you’ve known for years too. So that kind of community, family – you’d have to learn it somewhere else, grow it, but it’s home, you know?”

“Just like anybody else, you go through life and a lot of stuff happens to you. And yeah, it is true, you have your group of friends that know ‘this’ or they know ‘that,’ or they kinda know a mixture of things. I think one thing in particular that I talk to some people about is – there’s one thing about being an artist and a lot of people are like, they’ve talked about culturally, in the past, in the history of artists that some of us are unstable or we’re crazy or a lot of us end up doing drugs or become alcoholics or whatever…

I’ve just recently more talked about with people – not so much at great length, but just being like ‘oh hey, this has happened to me’ – is being diagnosed with PTSD and an anxiety disorder in the past year. Always dealing with depression, but trying to better myself and dealing with the stuff that has happened to me. And it’s emotional and it’s tough and it’s something I don’t often talk about with a lot of people unless I’m really tight with them, because it is tough to talk about. So that would be one thing, and just how being a person in the community and also being an artist kinda makes it more difficult. You know, ‘trying to be strong’ and ‘carrying on’ kinda stuff – which, I know is so cliché, but they’re truth in it – there’s clichés for a reason.”

Limited edition print available (alpha edition):
Giclée (Archival Inkjet) print w/ quotes, in window cutout, typed on artist’s 1955 Olympia SM3 Typewriter.
1” Matte Black Frame, 2” Ivory Mat, Archival Hinge Mount, UV Glass.
10″ x 8″ (Framed: 16″ x 14″)

Crystal - Limited Edition, Framed Alpha Series
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