Beth Dacey has studied painting at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has a BA and MA from Boston College and, for a number of years, taught writing and literature there. Beth lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
Each painting begins with a vintage, black and white photograph that captures an incidental moment in time. The shadows, poses, and fragments, from an unknowable past, feel compelling to me; and while I paint from someone else's gaze, the images pass through me and become mine. As each piece evolves from my own choice of color, stroke, perspective, and composition, I create a personal context and meaning. While I am interested in the nonverbal aspect of memory, in a personal way, I am intrigued by the collectiveness of it. I want my paintings to tap into a longing for familiarity as they tell stories that connect uniquely.