A strain of dark irony pervades Beth’s work: an ergot infestation—a fungus that causes “itching, spasms, nausea, hallucinations, and a burning sensation in the limbs”—humo(u)rously patterns napkins, table runners, and other linens “so that,” according to Beth, “you can reflect on medieval food poisoning in your own home as you bake and break bread.” Another example: Beth’s friend has requested her to design a business card with “a very specific cat” swathing its back. In preparing for the design, Beth drew hundreds of cats “over and over until [she] got just the right one.” Rather than just extract that perfect cat, she used all of the cats for the design, leaving us in the dark as to which one was “perfect” and which ones weren’t.
Beth is a New York-born artist now living in Providence. Beth is now a graduate of Brown University. Over her career, Beth has held multiple apprenticeships, at Brown as well as the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and was awarded the Roberta Joslin Award for Excellence in Visual Art in 2004. Beth has participated in shows across North America, from Ego Park in Oakland, CA, to Honeymilk in Philadelphia, PA, to Circa Art Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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