Beth Suellentrop – Red Lodge Clay Center

Beth SuellentropColumbus, Ohio

Red Lodge Clay Center – Short-Term Resident (AIA) 2012

The body is a tool. This instrument plays a critical role in the interactions of our daily lives; it is our threshold for contact and communication with self, others and the environment in which we live. I investigate psychological and physical conditions as temporal experiences that elicit pleasure and pain.

How do we treat ourselves, and how does our body treat us in return? My objects and environments examine the notion of body as other. Sculptures allude to a physical understanding of what we know as the body; yet suggest something amiss — a circumstance has gone awry. Familiarity becomes awkwardness and discomfort, questioning the truth of imperfection.