Todd Merrill Studio is pleased to present the work of artist Beth Katleman. Beth Katleman’s sculptures have been described by Ken Johnson in the New York Times as “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” Her ornate porcelain installations examine themes of consumption and desire. Creamy, dreamy porcelain landscapes are surprisingly populated by kitschy figures cast from the artist’s own collection of flea market trinkets and toys. As Katleman explains: “Porcelain suggests luxury, refinement and royal provenance. While one flea market treasure seems a little sad, a florid profusion of them is cause for celebration.” In her work, Katleman blurs the boundaries between high and low art, quoting from literature and traditional design while adding a contemporary narrative that is all her own.
In 2011, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York exhibited Folly, a large-scale installation inspired by toile de jouy wallpaper. Later that year, Folly was awarded the Moët Hennessy Prize at the Pavilion of Art and Design in New York. The House of Christian Dior commissioned Katleman to create smaller versions of Folly for its Hong Kong and London flagship stores.
Beth Katleman’s work is featured in private and public collections worldwide, including those of the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, CA; the Arario Museum in Seoul, South Korea; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; and the Nike, Inc. Collection in Portland, OR. Her work has been exhibited at museums including the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA. Additionally, her sculptures were featured in the famous window displays of the Barneys New York flagship store in New York, New York.
Katleman’s work has garnered critical attention in numerous publications including the New York Times, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, New York Magazine, La Tribune et Moi, and Grand Design Magazine. Architect Peter Marino’s book, Art Architecture, features an entire chapter dedicated to Katleman’s work.
Katleman holds a BA in English from Stanford University, an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and an MBA in Arts Management from UCLA. She has taught at the Pratt Institute, New York University, and Greenwich House Pottery. Born in Park Forest, Illinois, Katleman lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
As the artist is available on a commission basis, custom works may be requested.