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Bethany Grenier

Grand Rapids, MI, United States

Artist, hair dresser, and consultant Bethany Grenier has been making art in in a variety of mediums for over 30 years. Her art has been featured in both group and solo exhibitions. Bethany's art continues to evolve, exploring the human experience with a focus on archetypal imagery and women’s issues, with overarching themes of catharsis and healing. •|• Artist’s Statement •|• I work with the imagery of archetypes (symbols). For 33 years, I’ve explored everything from pyramids and sacred geometry to Christian religious symbols, but there has been no single iconic image more important to me than the heart, with all of the complexities associated with it. For me, the heart is the perfect metaphor to express the experience of life. When I began working with this iconic image, I didn’t realize that I was beginning a journey into art as catharsis, or how important it would become to me. I have often combined heart imagery with my own exploration of women’s issues. I’ve also worked extensively with skulls, frequently combining them with hearts. If hearts are the perfect metaphor for life, then skulls are the obvious symbol of death. Working with the taboo image of skulls, I’ve come to realize they are as much a part of life as they are representative of death. Making skulls into objects of beauty and ancestor honoring has truly connected life and death for me, becoming a catalyst to fully living and expressing that fullness of life in my art. For more information and to see my full CV, please visit my website, bethanygrenier.com

Bethany's ArtPrize Entries

These are Bethany's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Beauty in the Broken #metoo

    Beauty in the Broken #metoo

    2018 ArtPrize Entry Bethany Grenier
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  • Photo of Baptism by Fire: An Allegory of Transformation

    Baptism by Fire: An Allegory of Transformation

    2016 ArtPrize Entry Bethany Grenier
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