Tamed; Recent work by Bethany Krull will open at Indigo Art on March 2nd with a “First Friday” reception from 6-9 pm. The exhibition will run through March 31s t.
Krull’s porcelain and mixed media animal sculptures illustrate both mans love of the natural world as well as its tendency to maintain domination over other species. Her current series “Dominance and Affection” speaks specifically to our relationship with the creatures we have made into companions. She states, “In today’s increasingly nature deprived society the most intimate connection with the natural world tends to be with plants and animals that have been drastically altered through the process of domestication. Wild animals have been turned into pets, genetically sculpted into sweeter, cuter, less dangerous versions of themselves. We shower our pets with love at the same time we cage and contain them and it is this affection contradicting complete control that I am interested in illustrating in my work. For no amount of love lavished upon these creatures will erase the fact that the success of the relationship lies in our complete domination over all aspects of their existence.
Krull, a Buffalo native who has recently moved back to the area, studied ceramics at Buffalo State College where she is now teaching as an adjunct instructor in the design department. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and went on to travel the country teaching and working at various community art centers. Her work has been included in many regional, national and international venues including, The Meadows Museum in Shreveport, Louisiana, The New Hampshire Institute of Art, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Florida, The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana as well as The Mordes Collection in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her last solo exhibition in Buffalo was held at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in 2010.
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