2014 International Art Festival
Artist Official Entries
Beth PlakidasTampa FL USA
My work imitates environmental processes of accumulation and destruction, perpetuated and accelerated by my aesthetic choice to build, display, sand, paint, burn, tear, or destroy. I walk or ride around town collecting objects that others have abandoned. The give and take between chance and reacting creates a working harmony, which is visible through the materiality of the work. These acts are a way for me to deal with the distress initiated by the disposable attitude of our modern society. As I recycle materials, I also recycle memories, working through old wounds and watching them heal. Working through this process and sharing its results is just as engaging as presenting its aesthetic outcome.