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Bethanie Irons

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20181110163128-table_setting_on_wall
Table Setting, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181114022004-thrift_shop_on_wall
Thrift Shop, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181110163147-wagon_on_wall
Wagon, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181104023240-16d34c6d-8c79-42bd-90d7-798e8d24bc85
Trash, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181031023111-usa_on_wall
USA, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181029155204-2403ac6a-373a-4732-913f-f2bc19cab05a
Truck Stop, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181031182022-unicorn_cat_on_wall
Unicorn Cat, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180925123736-floating_on_wall
Floating, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180923212907-86475f3d-3862-42dd-a6d4-5f37d7f139c9
Kayaks, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180923212857-e7076a26-d07f-49e5-ba20-17aa3720da2e
Skiing, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180925171217-friends_on_wall
Friends, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180728220345-studio_on_wall
Studio , 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180721062327-popsicle_on_wall
Popsicle , 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180721062314-door_hanger_on_wall
Please Disturb, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180721062339-ring_float_on_wall
Ring Float, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180111195542-hotel_room_on_wall
Hotel Room, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180111195525-business_casual_on_wall
Business Casual, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180111195527-hotel_entrance_on_wall
Hotel Entrance, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011211-c6f9db7c-6650-494e-b128-03280f1f3d4a
Visually Pleasing, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180312032311-63835f6f-8522-400e-9523-40df27926216
Shopping Bag, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011030-ae7b8597-2a35-44b2-97b7-0cb6818a45ca
Bowling Alley, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011036-3b65fe1e-c2ba-41ff-8712-893f15ade471
Office Hours, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011026-631aebf4-cd37-434d-a3a0-bd555c06dc2f
Return, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011012-7f7ee982-9103-4426-9220-6f097e88ed98
Running, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011013-95945c1f-1b60-4b29-887f-deba05214dca
Designer Shoes, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150242-airport_seating_on_wall
Airport Seating, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150249-bathtime_on_wall
Bathtime, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150254-plaid_boy_short_on_wall
Boy Short, Plaid, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150308-plants_on_wall
Plants, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150337-fridge_on_wall
Fridge, 2017 Digital Drawing On Paper
20171129150343-outlet_on_wall
Outlet, 2017 Digital Drawing On Paper
20171129150348-shopping_mall_on_wall
Shopping Mall, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150353-stove_on_wall
Stove, 2017 Digital Drawing On Paper
20171129150358-soap_on_wall
Soap, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150406-zines_on_wall
Zines, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150335-chair_on_wall
Lawn Chair, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150454-light_fixture_on_wall
Light Fixture, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150455-mirror_on_wall
Mirror, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150501-black_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, Black, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150504-blue_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, Blue, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150511-red_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, Red, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150511-green_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, Green, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150521-white_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, White, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150522-tube_socks_on_wall
Tube Socks, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20171129150529-yellow_boy_shorts_on_wall
Boy Short, Yellow, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011738-5c2c3bf0-76bf-4eb9-bc85-6af02f0d1aaa
Now That’s Livin’!, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20180109011738-fd51e62a-05e0-4fd8-a905-1b0b85b36abc
Mom Jeans, 2017 Digital Painting On Paper
20181124010958-992ca4d4-59eb-409d-a720-4f8ed6ff54b8
Pyrex Mixing Bowls, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20181124010958-e2e8f571-a19c-4f23-875a-cc8fa76bf862
Legs for Days, 2018 Digital Painting On Paper
20190224180509-chair_with_blanket_on_wall
Chair with Blanket, 2019 Digital Painting On Paper
20190224180053-bethanie_s_studio
Bethanie's Studio, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180054-deep_work_book
Deep Work Book , 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180055-deep_work_chamber
Deep Work Chambers - Eudaimonia Machine, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180056-digital_minimalism_book
Digital Minimalism Book, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180057-nesbitt_studio_2
Nesbitt's Studio II, Re-presentation , 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180057-jane_s_studio
Jane's Studio, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180101-ron_s_studio
Ron's Studio, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180102-samaras_studio
Lucas Samaras, Studio-Bedroom, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180103-studio_and_cube_book
Studio and Cube Book, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180103-space_time_narrative_book
space.time.narrative Book, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20190224180104-studio_reader_book
The Studio Reader Book, 2019 Digital Drawing On Paper
20180915023033-headshot
Quick Facts
Birth year
1983
Schools
University of South Dakota, 2010, BFA
University of Missouri-Columbia, 2014, MFA
University of Missouri-Columbia, 2019, PhD
Artist Statement

Creating an environment of order is an important element of the work.  Stability comes in the form of predictable colors, stripes, and silhouettes and is set against the backdrop of familiar domesticity and privilege.  The control that material goods often have is analyzed in the building of objects with wood and canvas or the construction of digital compositions.  Comfort is found in the process, working inch by inch or pixel by pixel, cultivating the sensation of control.

Aside from the more obvious themes of the predictable and domestic, to fully understand the work requires an investment in concept, history, and theory.  Stripes are embedded, in one form or another, because they are established in classification and deception both visually and historically.  They follow a very specific color scheme used in the opponent-process theory of vision.  Color perception is an attempt to make sense of our environment more objectively, but this theory describes how and why our judgement of color is an experiential construction.  What looks to be only decorative and frivolous is deeply rooted in the distorted nature of how visual environments, and ultimately social structures, are navigated. 

By participating in a society that elevates the material to a divine status, elements of control and of illusion become one and the same. Social norms, hierarchies, and human need are reflected and refracted in the work, investigating what it means to contribute to and partake in today’s culture.  

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