Contributed by Sharon Butler / Brooklyn artist Beth Dary thinks about the individual bubbles in which we all live. She was settled in a new house in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit, and her home, which she had been thinking of turning into a residency program, experienced major flooding and mold damage. She and her family evacuated to New York City, where she was invited to participate in an LMCC Workspace program for artists displaced by Katrina. She told me she began to think about how we all live in bubbles—both individually and as communities. These glass pieces were originally part of a water-based public art project down in Battery Park City where they appeared to float, but cable tethers limited their movement and prevented them from crashing into one another. Everything had to be inert, but viewers couldn’t be sure if the objects were real, if they were metastasizing, or if they were organic and had grown there. Did they land? Did they float?
Dary contemplated the possibilities and began to think about migration: movement, resilience, and how some of us travel freely and others have limited mobility. A very thoughtful and highly skilled artist who enjoys collaboration, Dary was trained as a papermaker but learns new materials and processes as ideas take her in new directions.
Artist Bio: Beth Dary holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Memphis College of Art. She has participated in several artist residency programs including Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Most recently, Dary’s work has been curated into exhibits at Prospect.1.5 in New Orleans, the Islip Art Museum and Art in Odd Places in New York. Dary’s work has been commissioned by Battery Park City in Manhattan and she has received grants from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the The Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Her work is in several private and corporate collections including the Edelman Corporation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Beth Dary’s work is currently on view in “Among Friends/ Enter Amigos,” a project she co-organized with Patricia Fabricant and Alexandra Rutsch Brock. Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, New York. Through May 12, 2019. She recently had work at Project: Artspace in “Particulate Matter,” curated by Nancy Baker and Etty Yaniv, featuring artists Jaynie Gillman Crimmins, Beth Dary, Liz Jaff, Antonia Perez, Suzan Shutan, Nancy Baker and Etty Yaniv.