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“I am interested in exploring the body as an interface for how we navigate the world, how we use it to form relationships with ourselves and with others, and how it functions within our visual culture to help us more fully understand ourselves and the society we move through. The physical body is the lens through which I experience my own sense of self; my psychological and emotional state is intimately tied to the state of my physical body, whether it is comfortable, lonely, confident or threatened. The acute sensitivity of my body fascinates me, and has led me to create objects that attempt to capture how it feels to live inside my skin.” – Bethany Rusen
Bethany Rusen graduated with a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2003 an earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2010 In addition to her current studio practice, she maintains Stanley Chester & Albert Ceramics a line of functional pottery for the home. She is also owner of Black Hound Clay Studio, a community space for ceramic artists located in West Philadelphia, offering workspace, classes and events. In her spare time, she “likes to go through other people’s trash, take her greyhounds to the dog park and scour the internet for Richard Nixon memorabilia”. She lives in a townhouse in West Philadelphia, “full of strange things”. Her hair is usually pink.
About 3rd Street Gallery: The Gallery has been in existence since 1978, opening in its first space on the corner of 3rd and Bainbridge in South Philadelphia. As one of the oldest artist-run, fine art galleries in the City it has been home to thousands of Philadelphia artists. The members are a diverse group of artists of all ages and backgrounds. They are multigenerational, have advanced degrees in the arts as well as the sciences, work in diverse media from the traditional to the digital, range from the classically trained to the self-taught and include arts educators, award-winners, and artists whose work is collected by museums as well as by corporate and private collectors.