Stories of Social Distancing 5: Katie Bethune-Leamen

During this temporary postponement of FIA residencies and programs, we have invited former artists-in-residence to submit texts, images, stories and thoughts exploring how they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; how their daily life or community has been disrupted; how they are dealing with isolation and the concept of social distancing; as well as how they are looking ahead to healthier and undoubtably transformed times. Thanks to all who have contributed to this ongoing series and stay safe.

Katie Bethune-Leamen, May 8
FIA artist-in-residence, 2013

Study for sculptures, bronze, pearls, rose quartz, dyed stone.

The following show sketches and studies I’ve been doing over the past weeks. The last exhibition I did included cast bronze sculptures embedded with pearls and mother-of-pearl pieces, e.g. this and this (photos by Toni Hafkenscheid courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery).

I want to do much larger extrapolations from these initial works, developing the process.

These new sculptures will be large bronze pieces, with accumulated readymade, carved, dyed, stone and marble ‘tchotchke’ fruit and vegetables embedded in them (I’ve been slowly buying lots on eBay): that’s what the drawings show.

As for the small sculpture studies, I’m thinking of them being made in bronze, with pearls and dyed stone and rose quartz in them, but who knows…