Following her critically acclaimed 3-D porcelain wall installation Folly (2010), Beth Katleman continues to create what Ken Johnson of the New York Times calls “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” In The Sailor and the Nymph, porcelain figurines cast from flea-market trinkets and 1950s Americana toys interact in a floating landscape reminiscent of a toile de jouy pattern. The shift in scale provides a surreal quality to the scene between a sailor boy who ogles a bikini-clad nymph guarding a treasure trove of macabre relics including a candlestick, dentures, and a lonely hand.
Katleman’s ornate, porcelain installations that examine themes of consumption and desire are perfect examples of unique, handmade works that contribute to today’s increasingly relevant grey space between art and design. Garnering critical attention worldwide, Katleman has been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, The Art Newspaper, and numerous other publications. Sailor Boy and the Nymph was featured in the September 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
As the artist also works on a commission basis, a unique porcelain sculptural installation may be custom created. A catalogue of Katleman’s work is available by request through Todd Merrill Studio.
Dimensions: 23” H x 10” W x 6” D
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