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Hello! I am an artist living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. I have a BFA from Western Michigan Univeristy and a MFA from the University of Kansas. I specialize in mixed media and am always learning new skills.

Thank you for your interest in my work.
You can see more of it on my website: www.betsytimmer.com

Besides making art, I work as a graphic designer and an art instructor. I also run a small gallery, Timmer Gallery Studio + Store with my husband, Brian Timmer. (www.timmergallery.com; www.briantimmerart.com)

If you have any questions or comments, please send them my way. I would love to hear from you.

Artist's Statement:
Over the last couple of years, births, deaths, shifting relationships, and changing responsibilities have made me…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 27
  • Joined July 10, 2008

Favorite materials

Mixed Media, Found Objects, Wool, Wax, Leather, Antique Objects, Vintage, Paper Clay, Watercolor

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About

Hello! I am an artist living and working in Lawrence, Kansas. I have a BFA from Western Michigan Univeristy and a MFA from the University of Kansas. I specialize in mixed media and am always learning new skills.

Thank you for your interest in my work.
You can see more of it on my website: www.betsytimmer.com

Besides making art, I work as a graphic designer and an art instructor. I also run a small gallery, Timmer Gallery Studio + Store with my husband, Brian Timmer. (www.timmergallery.com; www.briantimmerart.com)

If you have any questions or comments, please send them my way. I would love to hear from you.

Artist's Statement:
Over the last couple of years, births, deaths, shifting relationships, and changing responsibilities have made me keenly aware of passing time. In response, I find myself questioning my priorities, my roles, my relationships, and my motivations. What truly matters to me? What has real and lasting value? What am I working toward? I emerge from my usual blur of daily routines and to-do lists both in alarm and in awe of the precious and fleeting nature of even my most mundane moments. Again and again, I find myself considering and evaluating how I, and those around me, use this most finite resource - time.

As this realization of time has hit home, I explore and express it by combining and manipulating everyday objects, most often textiles and domestic "debris." I employ old clothes, linens, string, hair, dishes; some things I intentionally gather and other things filter in from my own life. These materials call to me because I know them intimately. In fact, almost everyone lives their lives connected to these items some way. I can't help but respond to stains, wrinkles, folds and rips - "defects" that record use and tell stories. I think about garments that are worn for a time and then are discarded or stored away. When I walk through my neighborhood, I am struck by crumbling concrete and peeling paint - so many things wear out and must be replaced. I fold and stack cloth; it is like piles of sediment. I mark the rhythm of household chores, changing bodies, and passing seasons. With my work, I feel compelled to call attention to and examine how we invest the seconds, days and years that make up our lives.

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