Beth Bojarski makes work that is tempered with satirical commentary that celebrates individuals with flaws. She plays with the dichotomy between pretty and ugly, and weaves curious narrative into the fabric of each composition. She is drawn to frailty, ailments, oddities and oddballs, but rather than mocking them she stands with her imagined characters in introspective solidarity. “Whenever I do [paint] someone that’s awkward or has something that’s a little off, to me they’re beautiful.”
Enjoying storytelling, Bojarski’s visual language combines a strong sense of tender narrative with distinctly surreal imagery. Beth’s paintings are a form of story telling. As she’s working, she is asking herself “who is this person in front of me? Why are they interesting? What do they have to say?” She works to create a piece that has multi layers. “I want it to be a strong visual image initially then after you have been pulled in you begin to peel away at a story that is ever changing”.
Beth Bojarski attended Kendall College of Art and Design, receiving a degree in Illustration. Her medium is oil paints applied to wood surfaces. She has used barn doors, cabinets, and slices of tree stumps as her canvas. She has used old boxes, antique brass sprinklers, and rusty metal as her frames. Typically, she doesn’t plan anything out in advance or do sketches before she begins a piece. In the blotches of color applied, she may see an eye or a mouth’s shape that she will work to pull out of the abstract and begin defining. “I allow the painting to become what it wants and I create the characters as well as the story as I go along. “I use a meat thermometer to tell when the painting is finished”.
Oil on wood paintingby Beth Bojarski. Framed size:27 1/2 x 19 in