Bethany Riley, MFA 2023


Opening Reception: April 21, 6 - 8pm

Bethany Riley Working, 2019, wet plate collodion ambrotype on black glass, 4x5in. Maurene Cooper (photo credit)  

Remembering, 2022, ambrotypes on clear glass, inkjet print on matte paper, 24x40 in., Bethany Riley 

Artist Statement  

I am a lens based artist located in Philadelphia whose work predominantly lies in photographic and sculptural mediums. While I utilize both digital and analog methods of image making, I specialize in darkroom based alternative photo processes. After receiving my BFA from Kutztown University, I began my MFA candidacy at the Tyler School of Art in 2021, during which time I continued to work in 19th century photo processes, imagining them as sculptural installations. The conversations brought forth in my work are heavily informed by my background as a child of both a devout Anglican Catholic and military family, who has led a transitory lifestyle. My work examines and grieves the idea of home through the lens of memory, archives, national identity, and land devastation. 


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