C Print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
17 1/2 x 22 inches
Suburban Dreams Series
Courtesy the Artist & Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
BIO: San Francisco-based Edwards received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1998. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and she has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Château d’Eau in Toulouse, France, the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium, The Oakland Museum of California, and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. Her work can be found in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and many other European and American institutions. Edwards’ first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. She is represented in the U.S. by Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Galerie f5,6 in Munich, Germany. www.BethYarnelleEdwards.com
STATEMENT: In 1997 I began photographing in the suburbs of Silicon Valley, where I had lived for many years. These suburbs are a physical embodiment of the American Dream as it has often been represented. My intention is not to critique but to observe. Since I consider myself to be a stalker of the real, I have devised rules to keep my photographs as truthful as possible. Though the events pictured here are staged, they are based on information obtained from interviews with my subjects and always with their knowledge and consent. I don’t pose people but rather set up improvisations and then wait for an authentic expression, posture, or interaction to appear. 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.