Providence, RI 02903
Beth Brandon is an artist, designer, and printmaker. Her work engages the act of repetition – a gesture inherent in meditation, obsession, ritual, practice, and production – and its potential to produce clarity, intricacy, complication, accumulation, mania, boredom, change, music, movement, and mastery. Growing up at the same time as computers, she has developed her own specific process of back and forth between hands and machine, light table and screen, pen tool and rapidograph, striving to achieve some semblance of efficiency in an obsessive practice. She is only satisfied by methods that seem, at times, utterly ridiculous.
Sometimes, her patterns and works on paper furnish environments in which narrative ceremonies or performances take place. Source material ranges from cat herds to hunting catalogs to ergot poisoning, but she is generally guided by an interest in the mystical and scientific methodologies that provide us with ecological understanding.
Beth began printing patterns in the studios of Brown University, where she earned a B.A. in Visual Art in 2004. Upon graduation, she found herself with commissions for hand-printed wallpaper, which were somehow completed on two eight foot folding tables in a studio in Atlantic Mills in Providence. In 2005, she was awarded an Apprenticeship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, where she learned more efficient means of production on four 25 yard-long tables. She returned to Providence in 2011 and brought her knowledge of repeat printing to AS220, where she makes her work and serve as the Industries Coordinator.
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