Bethanne Frazer is a visual artist originally from Brooklyn, NY. She is living and teaching in Philadelphia, PA and a graduate student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Frazer earned a BFA in Fine Art at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY.)
Artwork is synonymous with memorials, a reminder or a remnant of a life or lives lived. Like a headstone, artwork is often accompanied by a plaque listing the artists date of birth and year of death. Frazer creates paintings, drawings, three dimensional objects, prints, photographs and videos. The materiality of the work is conceptually driven with thematic cohesion for reasons revolving around tactility, movement and symbolism.Interested in the manipulation of surfaces and featuring the textures of things and bodies, those are the indicators left behind marking the passage of time. Be it a headstone engraved with symbols or a human body, the surface implies what lies beneath it or what had previously occupied it.
"Wait! One more look. Good-bye , Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute?"- Emily, Our Town, Thornton Wilder
"The worst that being an artist could do to you would be that it would make you slightly unhappy constantly."-"De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period" of Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger.
"I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever." -Kurt Vonnegut,"Physicist, Purge Thyself" in the Chicago Tribune Magazine (22 June 1969)
"If we are all freaks the task is to become as much as possible the freak we are." - Diane Arbus
"I am spacious singing Flesh; onto which is grafted no one knows which I-which masculine or feminine, more or less human but above all living, because changing I." - Helene Cixous, "Sorties"
"I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself."-from Demian, by Hermann Hesse