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In Subtle Matter at J. Rinehart Gallery, Flores meditates on and responds to the healing properties of individual crystals. The title of the show refers to the esoteric concept of the etheric or subtle body, the layer of energy just outside our physical bodies. It also speaks to the subtle effects that Flores believes crystals have on us. "Everything is light, love and light. It sounds flippant and cheesy sometimes, but [everything] really is. All of existence is just energy in relation to each other," she told me. This may sound a bit "woo-woo" to you, but the way Flores explores this idea of energy— especially as it pertains to crystals, color, and spirituality—is compelling. She started this practice in 2014 when her stepfather suddenly passed away, thinking about what happens to a person's essence after they die. "Everyone has that question, but it occurred to me that his passing had caused so much emotion and energy to well up in the people closest to him that maybe that's where his energy went, and I could just transfer it," she told me. Drawing on her fascination with the nature of apoptotic cells and cellular death on a microscopic level, she honed her focus to investigate the healing properties (and vibes) of stones.