Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture
Girls At War Wall Sculpture

“Girls At War” is a follow-up to Beth Katleman’s monumental and critically acclaimed “Folly” (2010), a three-dimensional porcelain wallpaper. This new work, inspired by the paintings of Henry Darger and by the themes from Shakespeare and Greek mythology, is a an opulent triptych of neo-rococo wall panels that blurs the line between innocence and guilt as beribboned, often naked young girls do battle with cavalrymen, tiny toy soldiers and an errant swan.

About Beth Katleman

In the late 1990s, Beth Katleman exhibited an elaborately adorned porcelain toilet on the floor next to a work by Andy Warhol. More recently, Katleman’s ornate ceramic sculptures have made their way to the walls in compositions that resemble three-dimensional toile. In all of Katleman’s work, she fuses florid Rococo aesthetics with mischievous, sardonic details that question traditional modes of decorative and narrative art. Taking a close look at Girls at War (2013), for instance, reveals closer associations to Henry Darger’s dystopian paintings of armies of young girls brandishing guns than it does bucolic, Baroque picnic scenes.

American, b. 1959, Park Forest, Illinois, based in Brooklyn, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2015
Todd Merrill Studio Southampton, Todd Merrill Studio, Southampton
2014
The Amusing Style, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York