Beth Katleman’s Folly is a porcelain three-dimensional wallpaper inspired by toile de jouy. Quoting the decorative language of the rococo, handmade rosettes and elegant, Asian-inspired pavilions lure the viewer in only to reveal a more subversive agenda.
Approaching the opulent installation, we become struck by the oddities in what Anthony Haden Guest calls Katleman’s “naughty Arcadia.” Creamy, dreamy porcelain landscapes are surprisingly populated by kitschy pop-culture figures cast from the artist’s 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 and adding a contemporary narrative that is all her own.
In 2011, Folly was exhibited at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and won the Moët-Hennessy prize for Best Decorative Art Object at the Pavillion of Art and Design. Additionally, the House of Dior acquired Demi Folly for their Hong Kong and London flagship boutiques. In 2015, Folly was the subject of the Harper’s Bazaar September issue’s art and jewelry collaborative spread, “Off The Walls.”
As Katleman works on a commission basis, a unique porcelain installation may be custom created. A full color catalogue of Katleman’s work is available through Todd Merrill Studio.
Folly is available in full size as shown and as Demi Folly, at approximately half the size.
Dimensions: 208″ W x 112″ H x 11″ D
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