June 5-30, 2018

  • Thursday, June 14, 12 noon | Lunch Box Artist Talk

Corvallis artist Beth Barnet created an environment filled with her small block prints. When standing in the Corrine Woodman Gallery you are surrounded with images and moments of recognizing the same elements popping up. Barnett cut a large variety of blocks, which she endlessly combines in different arrangements. Her smallest block is just the size of a small water drop, her largest the silhouette of a mannequin. Most of the work is on paper, some are on gessoed cradle boards. Even though this exhibit is created as an installation, all prints are individually for sale!

Barnett tells us:

“I enjoy the experimental process of combining and recombining these carved, block printed images in various ways using a collage method. On the one hand, these images are simply a reflection of my own quirky tastes and intuitive aesthetic notions. On the other hand they are also an intentional exploration of motifs and symbols illustrating my intuitive responses to some themes in contemporary society.

Mannequins and their component parts are prominently featured in this body of work. The mannequin symbolically humanizes what is clearly inanimate, and this is both comforting and discomforting at the same time. With the rise of online and virtual versions of the self, the mannequin, to me, captures the tension in the confusion, aversion, and allure of artificial/virtual selves. It also can symbolize our mixture of emotional comfort and discomfort when confronted with technology, consumerism, communication, information, nature, etc. In some cases the mannequin is just an earnest stand-in for the real self, and other times it is clearly the impostor. I have chosen to use only female mannequins in this work simply because I am female, and the artwork is in my voice.”