ABOUT ADRIENNE/CRYSTAL BANANAS
Adrienne Beacham is a Maine artist and textile designer who stitches together different mediums into eccentric creations.
Since 2014, Adrienne has worked in Monmouth as the designer for Maine Heritage Weavers, an heirloom textile manufacturer carrying on in the tradition of Bates Manufacturing Company. At Maine Heritage, she has played a key part in the development of both traditional and modern textile designs for an array of customers, including national home goods retailers and boutique brands throughout North America and Europe.
In addition to making art, Adrienne channels her restless energy into a passion for local foods, cooking, and recipe-writing. She is an avid weightlifter, and loves collecting and caring for her many houseplants. Soon, she hopes to expand this website to include a section of her original recipes and experimentations with plating and food photography.
Growing up, I was an anxious child with an unruly imagination. Today, my work draws on the vivid nature of childhood and is characterized by a mix of playful chaos and meditative precision. My pieces often feature a core group of monstrous characters, many of whom originated from the drawings I did when I was young. These fickle personalities are both the cute “imaginary friend” and the creepy “thing under the bed.” I’m fascinated by the branching and cyclical structures of creation, destruction, and growth. With perpetual re-working and re-iterating, my monsters undergo endless mutations. The forms and personalities of my childhood monsters evolve with each generational manifestation, but the essence of the original character remains. I’ve come to realize that their sprawling evolutionary tree has given me a humorous way to explore complex emotions, growing pains, transformation, and the existence of a constant self.