Artist Statement

“The only strength in this material is the material itself.”

“I usually use a tremendous amount of tools in my work. But eventually I realized that the part of my practice that I am most invested in is when I compose and glue.”

“So, I had to slow down and wait for things to cool off. It was just a waiting game—for months and months.”

Beth Lipman   |   Sheboygan, Wisconsin

I usually use a tremendous amount of tools in my work. But eventually I realized that the part of my practice that I am most invested in is when I compose and glue. That brought me to caulk, and it brought me specifically to polyurethane which is quite transparent.

For this project, I took a caulk gun, put some polyurethane in it, and cut the top off. My rule was that if I started a canister of polyurethane, I would finish it so I didn’t leave any. I started with piles of stuff and I started gluing them together. Time was a huge element in this process. First, I let the caulk cure and then started to caulk at a more rapid pace and everything kept falling apart and falling apart. So, I had to slow down and wait for things to cool off. It was just a waiting game—for months and months.

The only strength in this material is the material itself. I had to create rules for the gun and the material that would allow me to make something.