Beth Yarnelle Edwards
C Print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
20 x 24 inches
Suburban Dreams Series
Courtesy the Artist and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
BIO: San Francisco-based Edwards studied at San Jose State University (M.F.A., 1998). Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe. She has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Château d’Eau in Toulouse, France, the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium, and and The Oakland Museum of California. A solo exhibition at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography (Iceland) is planned for 2014. The winner of the 1999 Santa Fe Center for Photography Project Competition, her work can be found in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and others. Edwards’ first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. Edwards is represented in the U.S. by Robert Klein Gallery in Boston. www.BethYarnelleEdwards.com
STATEMENT: Sometimes I’m so interested in what’s going on with people in their homes that I want to know what’s in the closet or under the bed. In my photographs I aspire to tell the viewer not just about what can be seen, but also about things that are hidden and locked away. In 1997 I began photographing in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, where I had lived for many years. My intention was not to critique but to observe. Although I’m naturally drawn to the documentary, my purpose has also been to make images that are visually arresting and can stand on their own, like genre paintings. I seek out intersections of the mythic and mundane. As I attempt to reveal some basic truth about my subjects, I’m attracted to the peculiar or surprising. When I succeed, I’ve created an image that is both specific and universal.
NOTE: This image appears on the cover of Edward’s monograph, Suburban Dreams (Beth Yarnelle Edwards, Robert Evren and Christoph Tannert. Kehrer Verlag, Germany, 2011), a complimentary copy of which is packaged with this lot, courtesy of CEPA Gallery.