Beth LeFauve lives in Chicago, IL USA. She graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with an Interior Design degree and occasionally still works on interior spaces. She creates her found object assemblages and paints in her Logan Square studio space. She has shown her work in several group shows throughout Chicago, shown in Stockholm Sweden at Super Market in 2012 and Athens, Greece at Art Athena in 2014. Her paintings have been used for the sets of television shows. Art Ascent awarded an Honorable Mention in their "Figures" Show. She has curated art shows and taught art.
My work draws from my formal training in interior design. Like the architecture of rooms, my sculptural boxes invoke meaning through the re-purposing and strategic placement of found objects. By transforming the use of ignored or forgotten histories of things, I strive to awaken them for a new purpose and meaning. Broken dolls, thrown out wallpaper, lost family photographs, pottery shards, chemistry tools and keys become objects of beauty – imbued with secrets and significance. The objects are made to fill up, escape, push themselves out or hide, linking meanings together like paper chains. The containers I use each had a former purpose – initially housing ammunition, fruit, or tools, inspiring a new plot with each container, and putting objects and box into conversation with each other.
I like to integrate a community of voices within each box. Family and friends collaborate with me by contributing things they have also found in alleys, garages or junk shops. Their shared stories and objects inform the mosaic of each finished piece.
Underlying my work is a compulsion to reuse old materials, both as a creative resource but also for my children’s generation of how we interpret this world of things prized or ignored. From something discarded and forgotten, I strive to create beauty and value.