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Kathleen Bitetti
Artist Statement
Since the early 1990s, my work has involved the creation of conceptually based sociopolitical
objects and installations. In my work, I deconstruct the American dream, fairy tales, nursery
rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture. My work also addresses
gender roles/gender assignment, the fragility of family dynamics, domestic violence and the
underlying threads of violence and danger that underpin American society. These themes are
often combined with the metaphors commonly used by those in battering relationships into
installations that feature mundane domestic objects, painted pure white and embellished with
stenciled text. The color white establishes a dream-like surreal quality, suggests notions of purity
and safety, and formally unifies the disparate objects in each installation. The texts provide clues
to content and interpretation. My "conceptual sculpture weds minimal form with maximal
content". (Shawn Hill, "BayWindows" Nov. 14 96 p27).
The two works, both Untitled 1991, are examples of my earlier work that addressed the
overlooked issues of class in American society. Those who are in the lower classes are usually
the ones who are "watched like goldfish" and must depend on others for their very survival. The
monopoly game pieces are also very important clues to understanding the various facets of our
so called classless society.
The piece entitled, Porter Crib 1997, is from a series of 10 beds entitled, "Weary Heads". I
began the series in late 1994. These life size beds are beautiful objects, but they are also very
dangerous. These works transform an object, that usually provides comfort, into one that has
nightmare qualities and is incapable of providing comfort. Stenciled text/language is a prominent
element in my "Weary Heads" bed series. The Porter Crib text is taken from a "Christianized"
Celtic/Pagan childhood prayer. The prayer is stenciled on tracing paper, thus making it
impossible for any infant to lie in the crib with out falling through on to the floor. Children are
also at the mercy of others. Presently, I am working on completing two more of the beds in the
series. I hope to show all 10 beds in a gallery setting in the future.
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