Beth Edwards


Tennessee-based artist Beth Edwards approaches the subject of toy dolls much like a still-life painter. The artist’s interest in this subject stems from the social implications that are conceived through the dolls and the impressions that they have on children. Often, Edwards will deviate for the exact image of a particular toy and re-contextualize the work by feminizing masculine toys or vice versa. For example, Edwards altered an image of a classic Lincoln Log toy by rendering the object in a soft pastel “feminine” color palette. The artist is an MFA graduate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (1987), and received her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (1982). She has been featured two times in the New American Paintings catalogue (2001, 2004) and was recently featured in the exhibition “Tooth and Claw” at the Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Other exhibitions include “Homegrown: Southeast” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) and “Side by Side” at the Brooks Museum in Memphis, Tenn.