Beth Katleman works are seen as doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem. Her ornate porcelain installations examines themes of consumption and desire.
She is represented in many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. In 2013, Katleman completed her large installation for Christian Dior flagship store in Hong Kong. She is the recipient of the 2011 Moet Hennessey Prize for the best decorative art object at PAD, New York.
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Borrowing the language of rococo decoration, her sculptures and installations evoke a world of genteel pleasure. Beneath the surface, however, there are hints of misbehavior, even wickedness.
Theoddities populating this strange paradise comes from her collection of flea market treasures. As she casts the trinkets in white porcelain and arrange them, stories begin to emerge. Often the narratives touch on domestic disturbances or themes of lost innocence. The tales have a cinematic quality, moving across the wall like stop-motion animation.
Her interest is in blurring the lines between the fine and decorative arts. Porcelain suggests both the opulence of royal porcelain and the kitsch exuberance of mass-market souvenirs.
Her works can be seen at Todd Merrill Studio.