Memory is neither static nor absolute. Even when recalling the truth, the mind recreates some details that may or may not have existed, while blurring others. That is to say, memory is an unreliable narrator of the past. Our whole childhood is bound up in these little, true fictions.
No one teaches you how to be a mother. We only learn by example through the women we knew, our only connection to whom being the thread of memory. But, those women, as we remember them, were not exactly the same ones who raised us. They are ghosts of the past, borne into the present through a stained glass of time and naiveté. We do not know them the way we think we do.
Through this series I explore motherhood, and what motherhood means, in the context of a mutable memory.
Beth Welch was born in Monroe, Louisiana in 1992. After graduating high school, she studied art for a year in Gorizia, Italy at Liceo Artistico M. Fabiani. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University School of Design in 2015.
Through her current drawing series she explores motherhood and the mutable remembrances of childhood in the context of memory. She is the recipient the Best in Show award for the national 2D juried competition at the Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Gallery. She also received an Honorable Mention for her work in the 33rd Competition at the Alexandria Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art, The Culture Center of Cape Cod, Gallery 114 in Portland, Oregon, Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary, The Masur Museum of Art, I Like Your Work Podcast Summer Juried Competition, The Stay Home Gallery in Nashville Tennessee, Woman’s Work, Art in Poughkeepsie, New York , the Baton Rouge Court House, Southern University Innovation Center, The Firehouse Gallery, Kellwood Contemporary Gallery, Commercial Interiors Group Baton Rouge, and Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. Welch has been published in Issue 20 of Create! Magazine.
She is also a mentor with the Artist/Mother Podcast critique programs.
Today Welch works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She maintains her studio at her home in Geismar, Louisiana.
Please note: The Jones Walker Foyer is a public space.