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Beth Wilks

Visual Arts

A descendant of settler colonialists, raised on the lush West Coast, my drawing began as I learned to walk the unceded land. Drawing evolved from my body as a way to process traumatic experiences; the high detail of my pictures both a way to appear busy to adults as a means of personal safety, and a compulsion to record the complex nature of the world. Because my work is so inextricably linked to developmental trauma in childhood, it retains elements of the naive. Painstakingly rendered fur or feathers often appear isolated on the page, floating in an empty void, like eidetic memories frozen in time.

CreatureStudies has grown from a lifelong fascination with animals as individual beings, allies, protectors, and characters in their own right - animals as distinct individuals, through the lens of early scientific and children’s illustration, outsider art, and a touch of goth.

“I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain'd; I stand and look at them long and long...
So they show their relations to me and I accept them,
They bring me tokens of myself, they evince them plainly in their possession.”

- Walt Whitman

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