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.” Porcelain figurines cast from flea-market trinkets and 1950s Americana toys come together in The Sailor and the Nymph, 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 offer sublime examples of unique, handmade works that contribute to today’s increasingly relevant grey space between art and design. In 2011, Folly, the seminal piece of her repertoire, was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and was awarded the Moet-Hennessey prize at the Pavilion of Art and Design. Her work exists in private and public collections worldwide including the House of Christian Dior (Hong Kong), The M. H De Young Museum (San Francisco), and the John Michael Kohler Center (Sheboygan, WI). 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 Nymph was recently featured in the September 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
As the artist also works on a commission basis, a unique porcelain sculptural installation maybe custom created. A catalogue of Katleman’s work is available by request through Todd Merrill Studio.
Dimensions: 23” x 10” x 6”
Materials: Porcelain and Wire
The Sailor and the Nymph
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