Bethany was born in Canada and raised in Papua New Guinea where she was home-schooled in the Sepik region and later attended boarding school in the Highlands. Residencies take her to different landscapes of the U.S. She currently lives and teaches art & design at the edge of the Appalachia in the Daniel Boone National Forest area of Eastern KY.
Mediums: No specialty noted.
For more information, visit the artist's website at http://bethanykalk.com/.
by Bethany Kalk
Location: Downtown; Grain Silo 3417 Vinton St. Omaha NE
Owner: Emerging Terrain
Series: Stored Potential Two
Additional Information: By intertwining the networks of constructed roadways in Omaha with ‘transport’ formations produced by insects – ant trails and bee honeycombs – Ant Trails is a visualization of the similarity and interconnection between human and natural realms of movement. It is always interesting to find out how submission ideas come into being; while Bethany was pondering her entry, she was babysitting her nieces and took them on a walk. They were overturning rocks on a hunt for insects to lessen their fear of “bugs.” Under many rocks were ant trails and the correlation became obvious; ants and humans transport food (and goods) with similar methods of networked systems. The honeycomb form of ‘food storage’ layers yet another important process into the overall image and idea. All these networks represented here at the same scale blurs the hierarchy of our often competing worlds and renders them equal in importance.
Additional Information: Reyes McNamara and Kalk collaborated on the mural while in Fellowship at The Union for Contemporary Art. http://www.u-ca.org/