Images by Doug Birkenheuer Photography, Chicago, IL
“Beth Kamhi’s ingenious steel sculptures fuse the delicacy of fiber art with the velocity of heavy industrial material. Referencing traditional macramé and early 1970’s fiber art, Kamhi’s sensual tapestries of woven steel beads allude to the dichotomous realm of gender and sexuality, challenging assumptions of context and association. Fluid, elegant and tactile, these inspiring works of sculpture achieve a dynamic sense of tension through their provocative juxtaposition of style, content and form.” Karin Maraney, 2011 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, Agora Gallery NYC. The 26th competition was juried by Elisabeth Sherman, curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The foundation of my practice is handwork. Balancing the physical weight, playfulness and sinuous elegance of material is critical to my work. My intent is to enthrall.
By over-lapping disciplines and material, I fabricate installations based on the history of fiber arts, fashion and interior design.
Though the steel beads may reflect an industrial elegance, the ornamental fluidity of my forms comes from weaving and draping the steel material, giving the illusion of silk threads. Connected and independent, their static yet kinetic energy reflect my perspective on life.
Creation happens when I problem solve and rely on my intuition. I fall into a stream of consciousness; trusting my inner voice, my hands tend to the details.
My art beckons the desire to fondle and involve yourself in its threads.
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