Beata Wehr ~ Arizona

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Beata Wehr: "I am ... interested in recording the passage of time, obsessed by the changes happening in our life, changes of our fragile bodies, our minds. I am curious how the past determines the present and how what is happening now influences our thinking about the past. The rhythm of life is different depending on the place we live, our age, occupation, gender, role in a family and in a society. I am trying to capture chunks of time comparing different periods of my life, recording transience by creating journal-like books, time lines, letters from the past, calendars. In my work the past is mixed with the present, experiences from Poland with those from here. Some of the materials I am working with are found, so their history is unknown to me, and this mystery creates yet another layer of thinking about the time with all what is unknown and can only be guessed. Time and transience are very important factors in our life, and this why I am choosing them as a subject."
   
   
Far Away
By Beata Wehr
Tucson, Arizona: Beta Wehr, 2010. Edition of 50.

2 x 2.5"; 14 pages. Miniature. Digital printing. Handsewn pamphlet style binding. Slipped into glassine envelope.

Wehr creates unique pieces, often using found objects, often both from her native Poland and her current home in Arizona. She then creates digital editions of these unique pieces. This miniature edition is based on an earlier mixed media one-of-a-kind.

Beata Wehr: "I found artists' books to be especially useful in talking about the issues of identity, immigration, and dislocation. I like their intimate format, and the fact that many media could be combined on the pages, creating layers of images. My books are usually bilingual, or semi-bilingual and I often mix images with writing, pieces of newspapers, found objects and other elements reflecting the everyday life in Tucson as well as my links to Poland. I try to combine two different experiences from two different worlds in this 'in between' situation. I do not know if it is ever possible, as my native life, language, landscape, culture are so different then my life here in Tucson. I want my viewers who will not understand part of the text to experience the difficulties with comprehension. I hope that those who are not from this culture can relate to the problem, and those who are from here will be more aware of it – especially in that it also relates to migration and the feeling of dislocation which is an experience many Americans encounter."

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Proofs for Existence of the Time
By Beata Wehr
Tucson, Arizona: Beta Wehr, 2008. Edition of 25.

4.25 x 1.75"; 16 pages. Miniature. Sewn binding.

Miniature of Wehr's 2006 bookwork "Proofs for Existence of the Time." Each oblong page is an image of one or more found objects laid on a blue background.

Beata Wehr: "I am interested in recording the passage of time, obsessed by the changes happening in our life, changes of our fragile bodies, our minds. I am curious how the past determines the present and how what is happening now influences our thinking about the past. The rhythm of life is different depending on the place we live, our age, occupation, gender, role in a family and in a society. I am trying to capture chunks of time comparing different periods of my life, recording transience by creating journal-like books, time lines, letters from the past, calendars. ... Some of the materials I am working with are found, so their history is unknown to me, and this mystery creates yet another layer of thinking about the time with all what is unknown and can only be guessed. Time and transience are very important factors in our life, and this why I am choosing them as a subject."
$55


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Infinity and Other Numbers
By Beata Wehr
Tucson, Arizona: Beta Wehr, 2006. Edition of 60.

2.5 x 3.5"; 10 pages. Single-side accordion. Digitally printed. Numbered but unsigned.

The numbers 0-9 — formed from old coins, nails, pieces of rusty wire, etc — burst from the bright white cardstock.
$45


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Calendar for Everyday Passing
By Beata Wehr
1998. Edition of 100.

2 x 2.5" miniature of archival inkjet print, accordian fold. Each page displays a monthly calendar of days. On the side are images of the end flap of a Kodak film box pierced by the image of a dark figure.

This calendar book, based on a unique piece, plays the inexorable passing of time against our attempts to preserve the moment, to make time stop.

Beata Wehr: "I am interested in recording the passage of time, obsessed by the changes happening in our life, changes of our fragile bodies, our minds. I am curious how the past determines the present and how what is happening now influences our thinking about the past. The rhythm of life is different depending on the place we live, our age, occupation, gender, role in a family and in a society. I am trying to capture chunks of time comparing different periods of my life, recording transience by creating journal-like books, time lines, letters from the past, calendars.”
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