David Lusk Gallery Memphis / 97 Tillman St. June 27, 2023 - July 29, 2023

Beth Edwards

My paintings are comprised of small sections of the natural world represented at an enlarged scale. They are usually complex images and are slow to create. Each piece is the result of a steady, meditative painting process. I seek to make something that is commonplace – a flower blossom or clover patch – resonate and endure. Due to the life cycle embedded in the representation of flowers, these are vanitas images symbolizing the fleetingness of life. But due to the exuberant color in the work and with an emphasis on the beauty of nature, they are also meant to communicate joy. I hope this work provides a connection to, and awareness of, the natural world’s vitality and vulnerability — BE 5/23