Krustapseudicals are edible crystals made of materials found in topical cosmetics (such as zinc and vitamins), proteins (mostly via my hair), and small amounts of metals and ointments. They also contain materials simply evoked by the marketing of cosmetics that advertise bodily freeze, such as seaweed and gold. They have the stickiness and consistency of jelly.

The krustapseudical takes its prefix from the Greek krustallos, for 'ice' (which also lends its name to the word 'crystal'). They are the shadows of two new kinds of products that blur the cosmetic and the medical in the name of suspended animation: cosmetic pharmaceuticals, or 'cosmeceuticals', topical beauty products such as skin creams that advertise drug-like effects, and their sister product, 'nutricosmetics', tablets offering to beautify the skin through internal use. Krustapseudicals have been featured on Dazed Digital, super/collider and Trend Tablet.


A visitor reaches for a krustapseudical at the exhibition Does Dark Matter?, Shoreditch Studios, October 2012, curated by cosmicmegabrain. Photograph by Martina O’Shea.


Photograph by Martina O’Shea.


Photograph by Martina O’Shea.

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