Beth Carmella is an artist of many different mediums. She studied at Montgomery College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and the University of Maryland where she aCquired her Bachelor of the Arts for studio art.
Beth is a photographer, painter, writer, filmmaker, and sculptor. Her work mainly focuses on a connection with the viewer and the emotional response it may evoke as well as the viewer interpretation of each piece. She also works with the perspective of self and identity as well as feminist concepts, social issues, and the perspective of imagination.
Due to the aMount of people That referred to her as "the duck lady"after viewing her abstracted rubber duck paintings, Beth began to associate herself with that title. However, the name Thee Duck Lady is a play on words referring to the old english "I" as to say, "I duck Lady," to take ownership of her title as an artist, and the work she produces.
Notes From the Artist
I have always been a photographer and will always be. I fell in love with the craft of photography at a young age, and then realized that I could do this for the rest of my life. Photographing people in the moment is mostly my favorite aspect of photography. It is refreshing to capture moments while people are not paying attention and they are expressing themselves in the most natural way possible. Photography also became a sort of a expression for myself as I followed the footsteps of Cindy Sherman and Nikki S. Lee where I have literally put myself in my photography projects. First with an exploration of self portrait, where I have found over the years that it is much easier to photograph yourself when you are pretending to be someone else. Then moving forward, trying to include my self in every specific photography project that I do. Not just as the photographer, but part of the movement.
The abstracted rubber duckies started as a more of an experiment. They were more of something that I fell into, and then they, like a lot art, took off and became something of their own. The ducks are great because everyone seems to relate in some way. The most common theme is a great sense of joy when audiences view the ducks, but I like allowing the viewer to interpret what they see and how they feel for themselves. I know where my head was when I created each piece, but it’s interesting to see the interpretation from others. The ducks feel universal to me. They’re easy to identify with and I think most people feel that. They evoke a different response in everyone, but yet anyone can view them and understand that first and foremost, it is a rubber ducky.
Sculpture was something I never really imaged myself doing, but then fell in love with steel sculpting and all of that changed. I’ve mostly worked with steel, cold hammering it and shaping it the way I need to for various projects. The work I create with steel generally has to do with many of my already existing artist works, whether it be the ducks, other doodles, or a more feminist approach. The perspective of being a woman steel sculptor is sort of a social experiment in its self. Most do not expect when initially meeting me that working with something as rigorous as steel would be an experience that I fully enjoy. I get enjoyment from breaking the gender barrier. A man once said to me after I told him that I was a steel sculptor, "You don't look like a steel sculptor." To which I replied, "What does a steel sculptor look like then?" He paused a moment and then after stumbling over his word he said, "Well, you I guess." If there is anything that not only steel sculpting has taught me, but all of my creative processes, it is that perspective is the greatest influencer.