Beth Krebs is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes site responsive installations, video, sculpture, drawing, sound, and participatory exchanges. A graduate of the MFA program at Rutgers University, Beth has exhibited her work in New York City, San Francisco and abroad, and has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Bemis Center, and Recology San Francisco. She is a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant, and in 2012 was awarded a grant to fund an installation in Germany. She lives in Oakland, California.
My work champions faith. Earnest, effortful, embarrassing, and ever on guard against naiveté, it is vital to the kind of world I want to live in. It grows from my precarious experience as a human, always stretched between my limits and my longing.
As a child with a twin sister and dogs for companions, suspending disbelief came readily, and I understood that the world was charmed. Remembering this has become difficult as an adult. I’m often distracted. My reflexive worship of efficiency has me hurtling through the world rather than connecting to it. Moments of mysticism can seem insignificant next to the enormity and violence of human greed. Yet when I can slow down and pay attention, I’m moved by the particularity, intelligence, and vulnerability of each living thing.
My installations, videos, objects and drawings are attempts to bolster my own conviction or uncover traces of enchantment. These works include:
Off- scale reconstructions of people’s personal lucky objects trying to pass for their lost counterparts
A motivational video that presents middle-aged me, in sequined spandex, performing a flag routine to a marching band arrangement of the Journey song, Don’t Stop Believin’
A monumental “wonderland”- part store display, part collapsing city- constructed from huge quantities of packaging material and plastic parts pulled from the trash