Anna Betbeze

American, born 1980

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Anna Betbeze

American, born 1980

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Claiming that everything she does “relates back to painting,” Anna Betbeze eschews the canvas and turns instead to an assortment of textiles, which she dyes, cuts, scorches, shaves, and otherwise distresses, transforming them into lush, oversized, painting-like wall hangings. Though she has worked with fabric, leather, and terrycloth (in towel and robe form), she focuses on white, shaggy Flokati rugs. She began experimenting with the rugs after noticing that the marks of wear on the one on her floor were surprisingly beautiful. Inspired by artists like Sheila Hicks, Piero Manzoni, and Robert Rauschenberg, and by Robert Morris’s felt sculptures, she claimed the rugs for art. Betbeze uses so many different processes to distress each rug that she loses track of precisely how she shapes them into the natural and interstellar phenomena they resemble, including hoarfrost, wormholes, and the moon.

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Biography

Claiming that everything she does “relates back to painting,” Anna Betbeze eschews the canvas and turns instead to an assortment of textiles, which she dyes, cuts, scorches, shaves, and otherwise distresses, transforming them into lush, oversized, painting-like wall hangings. Though she has worked with fabric, leather, and terrycloth (in towel and robe form), she focuses on white, shaggy Flokati rugs. She began experimenting with the rugs after noticing that the marks of wear on the one on her floor were surprisingly beautiful. Inspired by artists like Sheila Hicks, Piero Manzoni, and Robert Rauschenberg, and by Robert Morris’s felt sculptures, she claimed the rugs for art. Betbeze uses so many different processes to distress each rug that she loses track of precisely how she shapes them into the natural and interstellar phenomena they resemble, including hoarfrost, wormholes, and the moon.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
user
Solo show at a major institution
MASS MoCA
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Group show at a major institution
Brooklyn Museum
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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