Bea Hurd at 35×35

Bea Hurd, “Deflation of Flesh,” 2021, balloons, red thread, broom 66 x 24 in.

“Deflation of Flesh” by Bea Hurd presents a visually tactile exploration of the intimate relationship between human experiences and the materiality of everyday objects. The use of balloons – objects symbolizing celebration and ephemeral joy – now deflated and repurposed, speaks volumes about the transitory nature of pleasure and the fleeting moments of life. The tactile quality of the balloons, with their rubbery texture, suggests skin and the human flesh itself, with the wrinkles and sagging of the deflated balloons mirroring the inevitable changes in human bodies. In this sense, the work can be seen as a poignant metaphor for aging, the body’s changes over time, and the societal pressure to maintain a facade of youth and vitality.

By relating mundane materials to the body, Hurd’s work also delves into themes of intimacy and vulnerability. The title itself, “Deflation of Flesh,” suggests a physicality that is intrinsic to the piece, an embodiment of the corporeal experiences that it seeks to encapsulate and express. It stands as a metaphor for the human condition, reflecting the ways in which we envelop ourselves with the material world, both literally and figuratively.

Detail of Bea Hurd’s “Deflation of Flesh” from the installation of 35×35.


Artists of Utah’s 35×35Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, through Feb. 23

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