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Beth Campbell

(American, b.1971)

My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances (8/15/05)

Edition of 26
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil
Sheet: 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76 cm)

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Lithograph printed in a hand-mixed graphite colored ink, a fine, fresh impression of the only state, the full sheet, printed on white Arches 88 paper, nearly to the edges, hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil by the artist, executed in an edition of only 26 examples (there were also 3 numbered Artists Proofs, 3 numbered Hors Commerce proofs, 2 numbered Printers Proofs, 1 annotated Bon à tirer proof and several trial proofs), printed by Deb Chaney at Deb Chaney Editions, Brooklyn, with her chop in the lower right, published by World House Editions, Middlebury, Connecticut, in very fine condition, unframed.



According to curator Amy Smith-Stewart:
In 1998, Campbell introduced her now-acclaimed “My Potential Future Based on Present Circumstances,” mostly pencil on paper works that range in scale, channeling the Surrealists, she says, to give tangible shape to interior monologues.  This body of work was meant to envision “all the different roles that you [the artist and human being] play.  All the different roles the world expects you to fill.”  Campbell “rock piles ideas,” beginning with an event in her own life and then using a diagrammatic system to create an interlaced drawing of conceivable outcomes, from the most wanted to the most devastating.  With the intermeshing of invention and actuality, their distinction becomes utterly indecipherable.1
1.   Smith-Stewart, Amy.  “Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past,” essay in Beth Campbell: My Potential Future Past, 2017, Ridgefield, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
An example from this edition is in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.