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Beth A. Katleman
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens



ARTIST STATEMENT: My late great aunt Toby taught me everything I know about opulence, excess and artifice. Her bathroom boasted a large crystal chandelier and two red velvet chairs. Of her signature orange hair color she’d say, I’ll dye until the day I die - and she did. My sculptures and installations combine rococo decoration with icons from popular culture. I comb the flea markets in search of 1950's squeaky toys, corporate mascots, miniature buildings, cartoon characters and dolls. Often the second and third generation knock-offs catch my eye, especially those that seem to pine for a grander existence. I cast these trinkets in clay, reinventing them and lavishing them with attention. Porcelain suggests luxury, refinement and royal provenance. While one flea market treasure seems a little sad, a florid profusion of them is cause for celebration. My sculptures examine the nature of consumption and desire in our time.
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