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Beth Kagel


My work: This portfolio of Italian sculptures is one of my favorites. I was struck by the inherent beauty of everything that is in Italy. It seemed impossible to capture all the emotions I felt when I was there. Italy calls to me as it should call to anyone with a soul (or passion) for life. This was a first attempt at communicating visually all that surrounded me. I plan on returning to Italy and visit my subjects as many times as I need to until I fully understand them.

A year ago, my cousin and I decided to work together to support our efforts to show our work, and develop our portfolios. To me, this show proves that creativity does run in the family. When we were deciding what to put together for this show, I instinctively knew this portfolio of my work would be perfect. We both have a love for the human figure and it shows. Mine reflects in the marble and sense of life the sculptures have. I canít speak for my cousin, but to me her work blends painting and early photography that is uniquely her own.

To me, the subjects of our work are parallel and complementary at the same time. Some of my favorite photographers are Richard Avedon, Joseph Karsh, Imogen Cunningham and Henri Cartier-Bresson. My most influential teachers at the Art Institute of Chicago were Karen Savage and Frank Barsotti.

My background: I was raised in East Texas in two towns so small they run together, Bryan/College Station. Iíve always been interested in art. My parents really encouraged both my sister and myself to be creative. In High School the whole family moved to Houston and I attended the high school of Performing and Visual Arts of Houston, one of the oldest arts and most successful magnet schools in the United States.

Although I started out as a creative writer while I was in High School, I was determined to know why everyone in my department could take good photographs, and develop their film without fogging it and make great prints.

This was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with photography for me. After graduation from high school, I had dreams of being a bohemian for a year or so before going to college. That didn't sit very well with my parents, so we compromised and I went to Arizona State University. I took advanced poetry writing and foundation art classes, art history and the history of photography.

I was in transition from becoming a writer to a visual artist. On a student exchange program with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago made me realize I had finally found the school that had everything I needed.

Following the transfer to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I took painting, drawing and printmaking classes. Being a part of that school is one of the best things that I ever did for myself. They taught me so much about art history and that photographers donít always have to take photographs to be artists. I was free to explore everything and to integrate it not only into my work, but integrate myself as a person.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990 I briefly freelanced as a commercial assistant at a catalog studio in Chicago, then discovered this cool new thing called multimedia. By 1996, I moved out to California to work in New Media. I became a Jill of all trades in computers but I had put my camera down. By 2000 I was making a regular practice of shooting personal work and making photography a priority again.

Contact Beth Kagel

April 9th to May 22, 2004

Reception for the Artists
Friday, April 9th
6:30 to 8:30pm

in the Photolab Gallery
Berkeley, California

Click here to see photos
of the reception!


Edith Fogel

While growing up in Virginia my favorite classes in school were art. I have always loved to create. I was introduced to photography my first year at Virginia Tech by my roommate. She was one of the schoolís newspaper photographers and quickly I became one of her subjects. I found I loved being in front of the camera and being surround by the glossy 8x10ís that covered our dorm room walls. By the end of the year I got my first camera, which began my great love affair with photography.

Photography became a way to see the world around me anew, with great joy and a child like sense of wonder. I loved its magic like ability to transform light into form. I wanted to learn more so I left Tech and went off to Syracuse University, which happened to be on the same highway only a few states away. I studied abroad a semester in Florence Italy and traveled to Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Along the way, I would find lone human made objects such as chairs, tubs, and window frames out in the middle of nature. The images I created during this time have a sense of quiet loneliness.

After receiving my BFA in photography I headed west to Berkeley California. Where I began this body of work and my exploration of spirituality.

Some of the artists who have inspired me over the years are writers such as Marion Zimmer Bradley, Judith Tarr and Tolkien. Pre-Raphaelite Painter Edward Burne Jones and contemporary painters such as Edward Hopper and Kinuko Craft.

Photographers who inspired me are the Pictorialist photographers Anne Brigman and Imogen Cunningham as well as contemporary photographers Sally Mann, Sarah Moon and Joyce Tenneson.

THE WORK: I was looking to explore a new way of working. I had been using my cameras a tool to discover the world around me but I wanted to discover the world within and bring my imagination to life.

When I began this work I was reading lots of mythology and goddess books.
I began to wonder what the face of the ďFemine DivineĒ looked like to me. As the work continued it became more about creating images of beauty, grace and female sensuality that transcend time and place. It is my hope that they touch the part of us that is eternal and remind us of our own inner beauty.

The process of creating one of these photographs starts with an inner vision then the question of how to go about creating it, i.e. models, location, clothes etc. When it comes to the actual photographing I create a space for the unknown to show up. It is this unknown that creates a sense of being connected to the mysteries and the sacred.

Creating this show with my cousin has been a wonderful way to reconnect and honor our creativity as individuals as well as a team.

To see more work by Edie Fogel or to contact please go to:
www.mysticrectangle.com .


Beth Kagel Portfolio Images Edie Fogel Portfolio Images

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