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Leap Year Artist: Crystal Desai


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MINT is pleased to present small enough to hold, an exhibition of works from Leap Year artist Crystal Desai, opening December 8th and on view through January 12th (note: MINT is closed December 23–January 1). There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on December 8th from 7pm–10pm.

Of the exhibit, Desai comments: “small enough to hold is a call to awareness of the emotional wounds within our collective psyche through a personal mythology made up of real and imaginary beings, including skyfish, lachrymice, goddesses, and a glass pony. The artist begins her poetic narrative with a haunting scene of broken starfish washed ashore. She explores the question, ‘How does something living break apart so easily?’ by touching on themes of mental illness, ancestral wounds, and environmental damage.”

Crystal Desai is an artist working out of her in-home studio in Decatur, GA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia in 2012 and remains dedicated to the arts in her hometown of Atlanta. She primarily works with acrylic paint and ink, and often includes mixed media elements such as collage, crayon, nail polish, and eye shadow. Introspective by nature, she views her work as a way to develop her personal mythology, touching on topics of loneliness, self-discovery, and spirituality.

Desai is one of five 2018 Leap Year Artists. Leap Year, a residency program facilitated by MINT, supports emerging artists through studio space, mentorship, a stipend, and opportunities for public art and community service. This exhibition is the culmination of six months in his Leap Year studio at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Other artists in the 2018 cycle are Angela Davis Johnson, Alex C. Kerr, Steve Morrison, and Hasani Sahlehe.

Earlier Event: November 30
Holiday Postcard Pinup Show
Later Event: February 2
Leap Year Artist: Hasani Sahlehe