Beth LaCour -Paper Vessels and Lighting

Beth's artwork is derived from the interplay of natural light reflected throughout architectural spaces with objects constructed from local naturally occurring plant and earth materials.

She has a strong background in traditional painting, printmaking and sculpture but her current interests are in more transitory objects made of paper that is handmade, printed using non-toxic intaglio methods and are folded and formed often with architectural motifs or inspiration that play well within natural and architectural spaces. At the core, her sensibilities are born from the complex simplicity of nature using materials and processes that are earth and human friendly embodying a spirit of sustainability by reducing the impact of hazardous materials on our air quality, groundwater and health. Beth's folded paper vessels are geometric evolving into curved natural forms designed to catch light and the eye drawing one into exploring shape and light from a new perspective. Her folded vessels are a single sheet of paper.

She was a Taliesin 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residence in Spring Green, Wisconsin (July) and Artist-in-Residence at Penland School of Crafts in Papermaking during January 2016. Current explorations have centered on mathematical planning for both expansive creative processes and repeatability of form design. These forms continue to evolve toward designs for lighting fixtures, shelters, and organic vessels using additional decoration from vegetable ink, plant fibers, seeds and pits. She continues to expand her forms rendered by a folding process that we see in nature at the human scale and the micro scale such as seen in the folding of proteins of which all life is formed.


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