Francis Beaty – USA - In the Weeds
Beaty combined two contrasting materials in her sculpture In the Weeds to demonstrate her esoteric process of creating art. The Tyvek paper is weathered, bumpy, and ragged containing intricate delicate patterns and textures. Beaty wrapped the original skull with Tyvek suggesting the aging process and its effect on one’s life journey. The addition of raffia brings an element of ephemerality to the construction as a suggestion of impermanence. The push/pull energy created with the chosen media suggests a new skull complete with reminders of the journey of life.
Francis Beaty is a contemporary Installation artist, painter and sculptor who recently moved to Phila, PA. She is a certified Elementary teacher with an AAS in Interior Design. Francis is an alumnus of the Baum School of Art in the late 90’s. Francis became Baum’s first Artist in Residence in 2018 with her project IZANAMI- she who invites, involving 500+ students who collaborated to create an Installation in the Walter Baum & Rodale Gallery titled The Arrival. During this six-month residency, Francis worked with students at the Roberto Clemente Charter School in her class, what is Sculpture? The residency included a camp for the City Parks Summer Program in the spirit of the artist Andy Goldsworthy. As a result of her Summer Residency with the Baum School, the Allentown School District Foundation offered Francis a Residency with third and fourth graders teaching her version of sculpture for the Spring and Fall semesters 2019.
exhibited her paintings and sculptures throughout the Lehigh Valley, PA from
1989 until 2018. As a Public Artist in Allentown’s renaissance which started in
2015, she exhibited Square on Grid. Her project The Hatching 2017 in Gallery
724, was a community project where volunteers collaborated on a floating
sculpture made of over 40,000 pages from donated old and used books.
Francis joined the Global Art Project (GAP) in 2019, and recently participated in the Global Art Group Exhibition “Crossing Borders” in Ghent, Belgium. Her two installations, “Lift Off” and “On the Mend” were works addressing the crossing borders situation in the world, and on a more personal level her own “risk” at exhibiting in a country out of her comfort zone. She was invited to join nine artists for a two-week Residency at La Providence art center in Ille- sur-Tet, France following the Ghent Exhibition. She was afforded the opportunity to explore her inner artistic qualities in contrast to the unusual terrain, materials and culture in that 15th century village while collaborating with artists from four different countries.
Upon relocating to Philadelphia in 2017 Francis participated in a group show - Invisible Landscapes at the NoBa Artspace, curated by Maria Kraybill. Her Installation - Mind Map at the James Oliver Gallery Hot*Bed at 723 Chestnut Street, Phila was postponed in March due to Covid Restrictions. Hot Bed Gallery reopened in September with a revised show “Growth Determined” where Francis exhibited sculpture and two installations. Francis has participated in online exhibitions throughout the summer. She is looking forward to participating in the Geuzenmaand Exhibition in the Netherlands in 2022. Francis continues to work in her studio in Manayunk, PA while maintaining a positive outlook on her future as an exhibiting artist.
Francis Beaty - In the Weeds – mixed media - 33x33x18
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