Beth Kettel

Born in Leicester, 1988. Based in Nottingham.
Beth Kettel works with costume, sound, text, object, moving image and performance. With an interest in language and meaning-making through the five semiotic systems: linguistic, visual, audio, gestural and spatial. Usually creating multilayered performance and video installations that borrow symbolic, structural and stylistic devices from elsewhere, i.e. music videos and games, which set up imagined arenas for characters, tones, multiple voices and diverse interests to interconnect. 
Recent work has explored movement of meaning through mediums, physical and psychological experience, interrelationships, verbal and nonverbal communication between living organisms with explorations into consciousness and mental health of different species. Often working with people from other fields, past works have involved: choirs, sports teams, geologists, sound engineers, dancers and musicians.
Recent commissions include: Baseline Drift,a performance part of Art Night, produced by Forma (2019); Artand Screen Network, ICA in partnership with Phoenix, Leicester (2018). Solo exhibitions include: The Mist of a Pessimist, ZC: Invites, London (2017); Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016); Two Queens, Leicester (2016); Hutt, Nottingham (2016). 
Kettel received a first class BA hons in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (2013) and was a participant in Syllabus IV (2019), an alternative learning programme delivered by seven UK arts organisations. She has delivered artist talks and workshops around the UK and Internationally including at NonSpace, Aarhus; Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and Nottingham Contemporary and has been awarded Arts Council England, London Borough of Culture and European Capital of Culture funding.

Image credits
Beth Kettel portrait in studio at Primary studios, photograph: Reece Straw