Beth Katleman’s latest work, White Rabbit, is an opium-infused, “Alice in Wonderland”-inspired mirror perfect for the surreal times in which we are living. Cast in ethereal white porcelain, White Rabbit mines themes of excess, lost innocence, and a world turned upside down. Inspired by a Chinese Chippendale mirror from the collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and combined with flea-market trinkets from her own collection, Katleman adds a contemporary narrative to the Lewis Carroll classic. A bucolic tea is interrupted by the Mad Hatter (Larry from the Three Stooges), while a caterpillar enjoys his hookah, a tiny duchess peers out from her secret garden and an oversized girl dumps out a cascade of pills from a prescription bottle. Meanwhile, an ominous white rabbit surveys the proceedings from above. With rococo flourishes, “White Rabbit” spins a contemporary parable that is both playful and unsettling.
Katleman’s sculptures and installations have been described by Ken Johnson in the New York Times as “doll-sized rococo theaters of murder and domestic mayhem.” White Rabbit comes out of her unique repertoire of handmade, historically inspired porcelain works, such as Folly, her debut piece from 2010.
Katleman is represented in the collections of the M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Kohler Company, Kohler, WI, the Kamm Teapot Foundation, Sparta, NC, the Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Ci Kim Arario Gallery Collection, Seoul, Korea, and many private collections both in the U.S. and abroad.
77H x 31W x 7D inches
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