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Bethany Saab, Your shoes are on the table. Acrylic on stretched canvas, 101.5 x 76cm. Courtesy: the artist
Still life works have a history of tending towards a dark, hard and often masculine aesthetic. Bethany’s feminine approach to the subject is quirky and whimsical, yet has a realistic domestic undertone. With this culinary reference in mind, I can see this work hung in a dining room with curved built-in booth style seating, flanked by two cane wall sconces.
This work is definitely a moment captured in time. Bethany’s painting is both calming and unassuming, depicting what could be any household. It is a beautiful depiction of domestic life, with perhaps a title evocative of a mother (or our own subconscious) reminding us of proper table etiquette. This piece is balanced with its use of lines, soft tones and shadow play. I would love to see this work in a colour-filled room with patterned wallpaper as a total commitment to the pattern on pattern play.
I love a still life and the story it is able to tell. In this work I am instantly wanting to know who lives here. The curious collection of objects on the table would be an interesting point of conversation if hung as a hero piece above a cream textured sofa in a family living room.