BETH DARY

Beth grew up on Cape Cod, lived in New Orleans and now resides in New York City. She draws inspiration from having "always lived at the water's edge" to explore how human impact on the environment creates unexpected shifts in both the natural and man-made worlds. The changes seen in environments under stress also resonate in her choice of materials - her blown-glass bubbles take on the algae from the lily pond in which they were installed, and she manipulates the firing time of her porcelain sculptures so that they remain porous and vulnerable to manipulation. Beth uses the ancient mediums of encaustic (beeswax) and egg tempera to create paintings that read like unfolding mysteries. Her work is a powerful symbol of our fragile yet potent interplay with nature. 

Beth shows her work nationally and internationally and has received numerous fellowships, residencies and awards including through Yaddo, UrbanGlass, the Joan Mitchel Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Newsday, and is in corporate collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Edelman, and the Whitney National Bank. 

Equilibrium, blown glass, 12"X11"x8, 2008

Spume 1 & 2, encaustic and egg tempera on panel, each 2"x3", 2014

Merge, encaustic and egg tempera on panel, 8"x8", 2008