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Hollows of Emptiness

This series was a collaboration with artist, Zev Gorfinkle. We created three pieces that are intended to anchor the show. These pieces — A Last Wish, One Last Glimpse of the Sky, and Gathering Light — are composed are composed of pre- World War II model...

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Hollows of Emptiness: Gathering Light

Beth Krensky and Zev Gorfinkle Gathering Light is made with a model train manufactured in 1928. The inside is painted with Musou Blackpaint to absorb all light. The door is limned with a trace of gold leaf. Ursa Minor, the constellation considered the “Wagon of Heaven”...

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Hollows of Emptiness: One Last Glimpse of the Sky

Beth Krensky and Zev Gorfinkle One Last Glimpse of the Sky is made from a model train manufactured in 1929. It contains enameled copper panels of clouds and the underside of the roof is gilded in 23-karat gold leaf. Enamel was used because the molten glass...

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Hollows of Emptiness: A Final Wish

Beth Krensky and Zev Gorfinkle A Final Wish is made from a model train manufactured in 1918. The inside if gilded in 23-karat gold leaf, and holds a solitary dandelion that has gone to seed. One peers in through a paper-thin layer of mica....

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This piece consists of 6 boxes that contain items typically saved from childhood—, a German porcelain doll from the late 1800s, marbles found in the River Thames, a WWII model plain, stones, a feather, milkweed fluff. If one looks closely, they will see a child’s...

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A House for Doris

I created this “house” for my mother, who grew up in poverty in the 1930s and 40s. During the depression, she boarded with others as a matter of survival. This cobbled together box is comprised of detritus from homes my mother lived in as an...

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Keys to Open the Beginning Before the End

This piece contains keys to unlock our memories and connections to the beginning. The keys are composed of bits of organic detritus that have been smoothed by the tides, wind, earth, and time. These elements are combined with antique skeleton keys through an electroplating process....

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Home (land) Birth (place)

This is a long white truce flag that is shared by inextricably linked peoples (Israelis and Palestinians) and contested land. The piece resembles a shroud that is composed mainly of old white handkerchiefs (historically used as truce flags), white baby t-shirts and other white pieces...

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Beth Krensky sculpture


My work sanctifies the natural world. It is intended to provoke reflection about what is happening in our environment and to create a vision of what is possible. Wish consists of wands created out of detritus collected on beaches, mountain paths, urban streets and in the...

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Skirt of Sorrow and Forgiveness

Skirt of Sorrow and Forgiveness is a skirt I created out of my wedding dress crinoline and my father’s old handkerchiefs. The metal letters sewn on to the skirt read: Yellow circle of light Laughing Wailing Twirling with the sun. A return to flight.   The piece harkens to different times of...

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