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Beth Tarkington

Beth Tarkington

Beth Tarkington is a painter who found clay. Her ceramic vessels are frequently large and totemic, with bright colors and thoughtful narrative. Beth's compositions tend to center on female figures, framed by landscape and symbolic elements, and occasional text. Her clear focus on surface results in vivid, poignant, and painterly scenes that hold firm the viewer.

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Beth Tarkington at MudFire

Gallery group show Creatures of the Night, August 2011
Gallery group show Teapots-A-Go-Go 2006, April 2006
Gallery group show Serve This, October 2004

 

Beth Tarkington Artist Statement

My career as an artist began with painting and surface design. The movement into clay was a very natural progression - I love to explore color and surfaces on my own constructions. The artwork has evolved as narrative, hand-built ceramic pieces. Using slab, mold and coil construction, the pieces become narrative by developing imagery through a combination of relief-carving, painting and wax-resist techniques. Much of my work centers on the female figure, landscapes and related symbolism. Surfaces develop like canvases, with layered textures and colorants.

My goal is to create objects that connect with the viewer through recognition of shared human experiences and emotions. I think of my clay pieces as metaphors for each of us in this life search - somewhat functional, pleasant to be around, and hoping to engage.

Beth Tarkington Artist Resume

Education:
1987, Georgia State University, Masters, Art Education
1976, University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science, Interior Design, Cum Laude
Professional Activities:
Founding Member, Clay Collective, Roswell Visual Arts Center, GA
Instructor, Roswell Visual Arts Center, GA
Piedmont Craftsmen Guild, exhibiting member, since 2004
Juried Shows:
Bluff Park Art Show, 3-D Award, Birmingham AL
Magic City Arts Connection, Birmingham AL
Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Northport AL
American Craft Council Shows, Charlotte NC, Sarasota FL, Atlanta GA
4 Bridges Art Festival, Chattanooga TN, 2006 merit award
Piedmont Craftsmen Show, Winston-Salem NC
Port Clinton Art Festival, Chicago I
Exhibitions:
"Yunomi Invitational" AKARDesign Gallery, Iowa City, IA 2011
"Material Messages" Group Show, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord NC 2011
"Common Ground" Solo Show, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Salisbury NC 2011
"Figuratively Speaking" Group Show, Cabarrus Arts Council, Concord NC 2009
"Art of Tea" Vis Arts Center, Rockville, MD 2009
20th Annual Teapot Show: "On the Road Again" Chiaroscuro Galleries, Chicago, IL 2009
GA Artists: A Juried Exhibit, Atlanta, GA, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, Best in Show; 2009
Spotlight 2007: American Craft Council SE Juried Exhibition, 2007
Atlanta Teapot Invitational Exhibition, works selected by Mudfire Pottery Center and The Signature Shop, 2006
"Finding Place" One woman exhibition, Royal Affair Café, Atlanta, GA, 2006
"Dog Days: Man's Best Friend Interpreted" Group Show, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2008
"Nine Women Nine Months" Exhibition, Arts Center W. Roswell, GA, 2004
"Serve This" Show Mudfire Pottery Center. Atlanta, GA, 2004
"On the Road: An Exhibition of Contemporary Nomadism" Roswell Visual Arts Center, Roswell, GA, 2004
Publications:
500 Bowls (2003) Lark Publications
500 Figures (2004) Lark Publications
Clay Times Jan/Feb 2005 "Serve This" Review and photo
The Artist's Sketchbook, April, 2005, "9 Women 9 Months" Review