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Gallery Artist: BETH DACEY

about the artist

Beth Dacey has studied painting at the museum schools at the DeCordova, in Lincoln, MA and at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She has a BA and MA from Boston College and, for a number of years, taught writing and literature there. She is a member of the SOWA Artists Guild and the Copley Society of Art. Beth lives in Boston and is a full time painter at her studio in the South End.


artist's statement

Each painting begins with a vintage, black and white photograph that captures an incidental moment in time. The shadows, poses, and fragments, from an unknowable past, feel compelling to me; and while I paint from someone else's gaze, the images pass through me and become mine. As each piece evolves from my own choice of color, stroke, perspective, and composition, I create a personal context and meaning, While I am interested in the nonverbal aspect of memory, in a personal way, I am intrigued by the collectiveness of it. I want my paintings to tap into a longing for familiarity as they tell stories that connect uniquely.