Beth Davila Waldman
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
STATEMNET: Like so many thoughts or memories of place, my paintings are constructed from montage of imagery. The fractured quality of the work, resulting from digitally deconstructed photographs and thick layers of paint, creates an interlude between the images speak to the way we experience and register life visually and mentally. Just as we move from one fleeting moment to the next, my paintings use multiple perspectives to tell the story of a place compound time. Large abstract textured planes are juxtaposed with layers of realism to bring about another level of focus and guide the eye to travel in and out of various dimensions in the painting. For almost four decades now, I have been setting up camp around the world. I work with what is revealed by site and the fingerprints I impart always with the help of strangers. My art considers site, community, material and experience using architectural language and materials from or inspired by imaginary & actual sites. My current series of painting are reconstructed urban landscapes inspired initially by a 2014 trip to my maternal homeland Arequipa, Peru. Since trips to "The Motherland" Greece, The Dominican Republic, Mexico & Ireland have served as building blocks for my paintings.
BIO: Beth Davila Waldman was born in Princeton, NJ in 1975 to a Peruvian mother and a New York architect father. As a child, she quickly learned to define site as home as her parents moved her from Princeton to Cincinnati, Cincinnati to Houston, Houston to Florence, then back to Houston again. Deeply influenced by childhood memories to construction sites and museums, Waldman pursued a career in the arts starting at the age of 15. She earned her 1st degree in art history and studio art with a concentration in cast bronze figurative works at Wellesley College in the Boston area. From east to west, Waldman established her new and current home in San Francisco Bay Area 17 years ago. She continued her education at the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on site-specific public art and installation. During those years, her many travels to international urban sites as well as explorations of San Francisco alleys served as inspirations to her site work. She is currently working on a series of large-scale constructed mixed media paintings combining digital media with traditional paint inspired by her most recent trips to Peru, Greece, The Dominican Republic, and Northern Ireland. Waldman plays an active role in the Bay Area artist community with her consulting business WaldmanArts. WaldmanArts offers consulting services to visual artists, collectors and arts organizations. Waldman works individually with artists to strategically launch their art careers in major US metro areas, with collectors to navigate the waters of today’s expansive art market, and with arts organizations to develop marketing strategies and outreach to artists and their art community alike. Starting in 1998, Beth began her career as an art consultant at Vorpal Gallery established in 1970 by art dealer Muldoon Elder. It was there she sold her first Rembrandt etching and her first Picasso aquatint. After two years of curating exhibits and managing the PR for Vorpal, Beth jumped aboard the dot-com wave of on-line dealers with the groundbreaking company NextMonet.com. Since, she worked as an art consultant at commercial photography galleries such as the Rodney Lough Jr. Gallery in San Francisco as well as most recently at the contemporary art gallery CaldwellSnyder in San Francisco’s bustling downtown district. In between, Beth also managed the studio digital artist Jeremy Sutton while earning her own art degree at SFAI. She also played a key-role as one of the founding members of the San Francisco Mission-based artist collective SpaceCraft; for three years, she curated, marketed and launched monthly art shows with SpaceCraft at the CELLspace Art Gallery.
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