This two-day intensive is designed to guide students to read the visual landscape. We will examine the private and the public, the domestic and the commercial, and will focus on the transformations of culture over time. This course will empower artists to take the leap in making connections to landscapes of past and present while taking into consideration the effects of politics, the economy, and culture. Time will be given for scouting, documenting, and engaging in dialogue surrounding their projects. Students will be encouraged to execute their ideas at each site and to be ready to experiment with intersections in chosen landscapes with their cameras on-site.
Beth Davila Waldman pursued her career in the arts initially at Wellesley College where she launched her current practice with a senior sculptural thesis entitled “Transposing Time and Culture: Personal and Abstract Interpretations of Inca and Pre-Incan Artwork”. She continued her commitment to exploring site as her conceptual focus at SFAI from 2003 to 2005. Her work was recognized early on by the San Francisco Art Institute community with the 2004 annual Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award.
Since, her art practice has been influenced by borrowed symbols and landscapes from her maternal homeland Peru for over two decades. Beth uses image, material, and architecture to speak about transformations on culture over time on the individual and society. Through landscape, Beth examines how politics and economics create shift on culture on macro and micro levels. Her work excavates the conceived idea of sanctuary, using the colonized and converted cultures of her Peruvian ancestors as a gateway for those dialogues.
Most recently, Beth has been awarded residencies at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, at Playa Institute on the edge of Oregon's Great Basin, and at EditionBasel in Basel, Switzerland. This past year, Beth featured her work in a satellite art fair during the 2019 Hong Kong Art Basel Week and in partnership with San Francisco Art Institute was the opening Presenter for 18th Annual Photo Alliance Lecture Series in conjunction with David Maisel at the San Francisco Art Institute Osher Lecture Hall. Her work is now represented by the George Lawson Gallery.View Gallery »