Kathleen Beausoleil lives and works in Fair Haven, NJ. Primarily working in oil paint, her works focus on what it means to be a social being. Kathleen Beausoleil received a 2022 Fellowship from the NJ Council of the Arts; was a member of The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program and has been an Artist in Residence at programs including the Cuttyhunk Artist Residency, Chalk Hill Artist Residency, Da Vinci Art Alliance and the Artist *Forests* Community Program sponsored by the Holter Museum of Art and Helena National Forest. She recently had her first solo show at the Monmouth Museum. Her work is in the permanent collection of The Art Museum of Missoula and numerous private collections. She has also taught at the SUNY Empire State’s Studio Semester program. She received her BFA Cum Laude at Syracuse University.
My work, primarily oil on canvas or panel, explores human social interaction and the territorial behaviors that operate in crowds. What fascinates me is how people organize.
We like to think of ourselves as having conspicuously unique personalities. Yet, if we take a closer look, it’s pretty clear that we are deeply social pack animals, biologically programmed for social interaction, and territorial behavior. There is a sense of liberty in anonymity, a safety in getting lost in the crowd.
How people behave in public is very telling about the culture they live in. Observing these groups can help give us a better understanding of our place in our culture. Even our individual expressions only appear acceptable or distasteful within the context of a larger community of organized and accepted social norms. I find it important to observe how and with whom people interact. My personal observation is that people need other people, their own people, to be happy, accepted, and fulfilled. We also need other people to project our grievances and, at times, rally around a common enemy. It is a sense of belonging that people seek both in our microcosmic home lives and within our macrocosmic social lives.
Overly Tan Man, 2021
Oil on Panel, 25 x 50 cm (framed)
Summer Haze, 2021
Oil on Panel, 30 x 91cm
Flash Mob, 2019
Oil on Panel, 25 x 25 cm (Framed)
Sea Gaze, 2022
Oil on Canvas, 170 x 127 cm
Swim Meet, 2019
Oil on Panel, 61 x 61 cm
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