Spring 2013, Volume 14

Art by Beth Kerschen

For Alternate Non-Flash Gallery

Artist Statement:
In my work, I blend architecture, urban details, and fleeting moments to tell a richly layered story not possible individually. I have always been fascinated with buildings during my travels abroad along with the historic skyline of my longtime home in Boston. More recently, I have noticed the details around us in the city: restored retro signage, the oddly painted door, and the outdoor cafe made from an old bus. I see this all as expressions of human creativity, the essence of what I am trying to capture in my work. With my etchings, I use a polymer photogravure technique to translate photographic elements into printed form and then combine several plates into a single scene. The composite scenes build a narrative that represents how I experience the world in an attempt to create a feeling of nostalgia, permanence and personality.



BIO: Beth Kerschen is a multi-disciplinary artist using photography and printmaking to express a unique vision. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Colorado College focusing on photography, digital art and printmaking. After college, she moved to Boston and worked for Polaroid using her extensive photographic and digital imaging knowledge. She worked for 10 years as a graphic designer with several creative firms in Boston, eventually moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008. She has returned to her creative roots she studied in college and is now an artist creating photo-illustrations combined with her favorite medium—printmaking. She uses a unique blend of photography and printmaking to create urban landscapes that represent Portland’s personality and create nostalgia for the unique city we live in.