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Let's Pretend by Betsey Gravatt

Let's Pretend by Betsey Gravatt

Reception: June 1, 2018; 6 - 9pm

This exhibition is an exploratory installation of interacting objects designed in CAD software, such as SketchUp and Adobe Illustrator and cut-out using a laser cutter. The use of these programs help achieve a uniquely bold and precise object which is then further dramatized by Betsey’s over the top and bright color choices, which she associates with happy memories from her childhood.

Betsey Gravatt characterizes these individual painted structures as “toys” that reference her experience as a young girl being inspired by children’s toys that were popular in the 90’s, such as Lisa Frank and Polly Pocket dolls, as well as popular TV shows like the Powerpuff Girls.

With each new arrangement, Betsey aims to create a more whimsical reality for herself and for her viewers. She imagines these environments as being reminiscent of the places and objects that filled her childhood with color and appeal, and feels as those she is "playing pretend" throughout her process.