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Artist Talk with Beth Meadows

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/28/2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment

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Join us to meet artist Beth Meadows and hear her talk about her First Floor Gallery exhibit, Good Packaging. The event is free to attend. Beth will talk about her work and her process as well as answer questions.

From the artist:

Good Packaging is the second iteration of the food packaging series, the first influenced by a desire to improve the drudgery that I feel is grocery shopping. So I turned the supermarket into an art supply store, a type of shopping I would do any given day because I enjoy it so much. I walked the aisles, allowing myself to be swayed by good packaging design, and less by price or contents, giving into an indulgence I deny myself 97% of the time.

I imagine it must be a lot like when a fashion designer walks through a fabric store.

Through this combination of food and fashion, I talk about the inaccessibility of the fashion world with the accessibility of acceptable/ good/ exciting art materials you can find anywhere. From a distance, I reference the impeccable tailoring of high design, and proclaim my admiration for a world I’ve only scratched the surface of understanding.

I think about the “packaging up” of models, how they are used in service of a designer to sell a commodity. I wonder about supermodels’ private lives, what they are like when a camera is not near, what they think about as they go to sleep at night, how they feel when they get dressed in the morning. Are they nice? Are they self-conscious? Are they tired?

I think about how, when they are adorned in pristine garments, despite all of the criticism of their industry, to me and in my work, they have become symbols of strength, power, courage, and redemption.

About the Artist:

Beth Meadows is a mixed media artist living and working in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BFA in Studio Art in 2007.

Meadows has been the Director and an artist of 17th Street Studios, work spaces for visual artists near downtown Knoxville, since 2010. She also founded The Salvage Shop Studios located in Downtown North Knoxville.

You may learn more about her and her work at bethmeadows.com.