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      Chrystal Woodson
    Face facts

    Chrystal Woodson flaunts the faces of her family and her confluence of heritages in paintings on display this weekend.


    Chrystal Laurie Quinones Woodson, who signs her paintings "Q," is a young artist whose paintings celebrate her multicultural heritage and are often quite literally in-your-face.

    She calls her facial studies "physiognomy," and they fit the definition of that term in its most classic sense. Most of her subjects are nonwhite, and she shies away from traditional Western concepts of attractiveness, asserting that "beauty comes in all forms. It does not depend on the outside stuff, the structure of bone or tone of skin, but rather, the face acts as carrier to what lies beneath it."

    Paintings by: Chrystal Woodson.

    Related links: Official site
    Caribbean Cultural Center Sat., March 25, 2000, 12-3 p.m. 408 West 58th St. (between 9th and 10th Aves.) (212) 307-7420

    To that end, she finds the beauty in so-called ethnic characteristics like broad noses and full lips, conveying the depth of her subjects' personalities in a way that is sensual without being vulgar. This Saturday, March 25, between 12 and 3 p.m., Manhattan's Caribbean Cultural Center hosts an afternoon of Q's art and poetry, with music and food provided as well.

    Q says that her interest in physiognomy began when she was a child and would watch her mother apply makeup: "She was teaching me, whether she realized it or not, how to draw. After applying the foundation, rouge, mascara, lips, she'd look at me and say, 'Now I sign my autograph at the bottom of this face — a masterpiece!' "

      Chrystal Woodson, aka Q. in Chrystal Woodson
      Chrystal Woodson, aka "Q."
    "I believe all-over-global is beautiful," she continues, "whatever the form, color or texture. Until we start seeing this overall beauty collectively, little girls will be suffering psychologically — and physically too — the vicious trauma of self-hatred."

    "I can't fight Euro-enthusiasm, though. I can only promote Afro-centricity and third-world identity. I am Eastern, Western, Southern, Northern. Afro-Caribbean, Native and European. I am beautiful, too, but I don't trip over it anymore."

    MARCH 21, 2000

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    "Portrait of My Mother"
    "Rise Shine"

    Reader comments on Chrystal Woodson:

  • Great Art!   from George Penon, Mar 7, 2004
  • your art..   from Duane, Feb 14, 2007
  • Re: your art..   from Chrystal L. Woodson, Apr 29, 2007

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