In Crystal Morey’s “Totem” and “Habitats Collide” sculpture series, human figures are encased in animal bodies. Though they offer grotesque juxtapositions, the figures are contemplative, their faces placid.

The animals presented in Morey’s work are either extinct or endangered due to human activity. She says that the sculptures aim to serve as a catalyst in the conversation about climate change and stimulate viewers to ask “questions about our role as humans on the earth.”

Morey’s appreciation for the natural world spawned during her childhood in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. She currently resides in Oakland, CA.