Crystal Kaakeeyáa Rose Demientieff Worl is Tlingit Athabascan from Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House. She is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska.
Crystal works in printmaking, painting, and public art. She practices the recreation and modernization of her Clan’s stories and Raven stories from home. Her work explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and the animals. Crystal recently completed a 3-year apprenticeship with Robert Davidson studying Tlingit and Haida design as it applies to apparel, regalia and painting/2D work. The apprenticeship has given her a stronger understanding and foundation for classic formline design.
Crystal Worl earned a BFA and AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her education also includes Pilchuck Glass, Kiln-Formed Glass and Public Art. She completed a residency at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau and Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of several awards, including Koahnic Broadcast Station- Emerging Artist, Alaska Native Artist Spotlight and Alaska Federation of Natives, Lu Young Youth Leadership Award. Select exhibitions include the Juneau- Douglas Museum; Ketchikan Museum; and IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe. Her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle; and Pratt Museum, Homer. Crystal has several public art installations in Alaska including a design on the side of an Juneau’s Capitol City Fire Rescue ambulance, a steal cut medallion installed downtown Juneau, and most recently a 60 foot by 25 foot mural of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich on Juneau’s downtown library building.
Today Crystal lives in Juneau, Alaska working as a co-owner and co-designer of Trickster Company with her brother Rico Worl. Trickster Company promotes innovative indigenous design focused on the Northwest Coast art and exploration of themes and issues in Native culture. (www.trickstercompany.com) Crystal is currently serving a 5- year seat on Sealaska Heritage Institute's Native Artist Committee. She is one of six highly qualified advisors to review programs and provide guidance on the institute's art projects and mission to elevate Juneau to a Northwest Coast arts capitol.