Beth Carter received her degree in Fine Art from Sunderland University in the United Kingdom. In 1995, she was awarded 1st prize in the “Northern Graduate Show ‘95” at The Royal College of Art, London. Afterwards, she traveled to Sri Lanka and India to study mythological sculpture. She later travelled to New Zealand, Mexico, Gambia, Kenya and Tanzania to further explore the precedents for this genre of sculpture. Her work has been shown in the US and abroad and appears in private collections throughout Europe, Asia and the US. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Like most artists, I’m inspired by many different things. But essentially my work stems from my internal world, I find things in everyday life, films, books, songs, people etc. act as triggers for ideas and images which are already there in my subconscious, like a big endless library…. the process of making art feels like finding external images which correspond as closely as possible to ones which are already quietly waiting in the wings. My head and my heart are full of ideas, they get developed by blocking out the world and listening to the quiet voices.
For sculpture, my favorite medium to model in is clay, I also sometimes model directly in wax. Using this process also requires welding an armature, mold making and finally casting in bronze, bronze/Iron resin or jesmonite. I also draw in charcoal and make prints using etching, drypoint and photogravure. I have a great studio space, at Spike Island in Bristol (UK). It’s a converted tea factory near the docks. The building has 100 or so artists working in it and one of the best parts about it is that there is a wealth of knowledge and advice at hand. My fellow sculptors are highly skilled and experienced so there is always someone who knows about a certain material or technique, or just to help lift something, it’s good to be in a supportive environment with like minded people around you. I’m a very focused solitary artist, so having other people around keeps me from disappearing into my own world and not being able to come back.