Crystal Bennes is an artist and practice-led PhD candidate at Northumbria University. Her research project focuses on ideas of observation and representation in particle physics, specifically within the field of neutrinos. Her research is informed by extended periods of field work within experimental particle physics facilities in Europe, Asia and the United States, including Fermilab, CERN and Kamioka Observatory. With a focus on the intersection of objectivity and trained judgement, she is interested in the ways in which particle physics defines, measures and interprets the natural world and how these actions are subsequently rendered and disseminated in visual form.
Her work has been exhibited at Artefact Festival (2019), Science Gallery Dublin (2018), École des Beaux-Arts in Paris (2017), Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (2016), the Serlachius Museum in Finland (2016) and the St Petersburg Public Library in Russia (2016). She had a solo exhibition at Huuto Gallery, Helsinki in October 2017 and was selected as one of Finland’s best emerging artists in 2015.
She is currently recipient of AHRC funding for her PhD project Indirect Observations.