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 from the Buchegger Foundation to fund an installation in Germany. She lives in Oakland, California.
My work champions faith over irony. Earnest, effortful, and embarrassing, it is vital to building the humane world I want to live in. The projects I make are driven by conundrums, the central one being 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 found a quirky, animated world operating behind the apparent one. Holding on to enchantment has grown difficult as an adult. I try to protect charmed things even while the pressures of efficiency have me hurtling through the world rather than connecting to it. Moments of wonder can seem inconsequential next to the 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, absurdity, or tenderness. These works include:
Off- scale reconstructions of luck charms people have lost
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