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Beth Karon

My current body of 2-D work emerges out of an unfocused creating, a stream of unconsciousness. These abstract ink drawings are born out of decades of practicing a less deliberate form of mark-making, i.e. doodles, on any surface and with any marking utensil in whatever setting my hands would find themselves idle.

Each drawing starts without any preconceived idea and in a setting of distractions. After a period of drawing in B&W and/or color, I will then study the drawing to see what images or patterns start to emerge. It is at that point I work on the drawing in a much more focused way.

Process is key to these works, but certain themes have started to make themselves known in the finished products: Journeys; Entertainment; Home; Geometric Whimsy; Fantasy/Dreams.

My polymer clay figurines are based on the Southwest Native American storyteller figurines, realizing that storytelling enriches all cultures and occupations. These award winning, non-native storytellers represent everyone (and everything) that tells and reads stories.

They are not intended to be portraits or caricatures, but basic features, clothing, and special interests are matched so that they can be easily identified by the recipient.  From the storytellers grew my jester art dolls. They combine clay, fabrics, and other materials. Most are posable and 12-14 inches tall when standing. $150 and up.