by Beatrice Mar
mixed media on inkjet print
48.5 x 33 cm
Beatrice grew up in a military family and they were always on the move, constantly uprooting and resettling in new places. The ‘No Landing’ paintings are a collection of representations from the many countries she has lived in. Additionally this series was also impacted by the beginning of the refugee crisis facing Europe in 2014. These paintings started with oils on canvas that were photographed, then printed on A3 inkjet paper and continued to be worked on with mixed media, such as posca pens and acrylics.
Born in 1989, she completed a BFA degree at the University of Sydney in Australia and acquired an Master of Arts degree in Drawing from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She has exhibited in group shows around the UK, in Australia and in Greece.
Beatrice explores the relationships between color, mark-making and form, working across many materials and mediums. The patterns and colors are influenced by experiences in the everyday and reveal narratives in abstract landscapes.
Writing and drawing are the two fundamental processes in her practice, working interchangeably to create a narrative between visual ideas and written meaning. The dialogue between color, form and mark-making reveal otherworldly, abstract landscapes. These paintings are informed by elements in the natural environment, maps and oftentimes physical objects in order to become more accessible to the viewer.
In her sketchbook, she makes a collection of observations and reactions from everyday experiences. The process of gathering materials may incorporate different avenues; a sentence from reading a book or even a conversation with