Corey  Crum

My current body of work is about place. I create exteriors that identify as invented realities. Within these invented realities is a new fantastical world that is set in the fictitious future due to the expiration of our planet. After the rot, decay, and deconstruction, the rebirth of our new Earth occurs. The new world is composed of elements from our “current” Earth and joined with elements of the new, which now become natural hybrids.

My interests have always been nature and anatomy; I often imagine how they could potentially unite. My paintings and drawings teeter between abstraction, observation, and exaggeration. At times, dripping strokes of paint can be found next to a rendered form; I admire both the observed and the abstracted moments that can often live in harmony. Within my work anatomy can be found as literal representations, whereas other occasions, anatomy has inspired me by color, texture, or viscosity. The gooey, oozy, and sticky things that are found in both nature and anatomy are always welcome within my surfaces.

My goal is for the viewer to take a step back and imagine Mother Nature, and all of her associated formations and structures in a new manner. Visualize Mother Nature with more color, more foolery, and less normalcy.

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
- W. Churchill