Artist Statement and Bio
My arts practice is situated within the genre of Contemporary Landscape, exploring themes of the Anthropocene and the visual folklore of changing spaces. I am a multi-disciplinary artist who uses immersive installations that employ the mediums of print, photography, ceramic sculpture and drawing to explore the phenomenology of Place. Imbedding the work with the experience of being in the landscape, whether it be coastal, bush or urban environment, is integral to my process. To achieve this, I imbue the work with elements of the site, such as using the light and water present to create cyanotype, relief and intaglio prints. Organic materials obtained from the site are integrated into my work. I also use wild clays and geological materials collected from the area, for glaze creation. The drawings and illustrative components of the installations are expressive of recurring patterns found within the landscape. My objective is not to depict but rather to evoke.
My current body of work explores the effect of rising sea levels on the geology of coastal headlands. The work is made using processes that involve light and water from the site to imbue the work with an essence of the space. This series is a meditation on the dynamic process of change; it aims to create a visual mythology of a place and a time between existing landscapes and disappearing spaces
Beki Davies is a contemporary visual artist who resides on the east coast of Australia. She currently holds her Dip Vis arts, Adv Dip Vis Arts, and graduated from her BA of Art and Design in 2019 and is currently undertaking her Honours year at Southern Cross University.
Beki has worked extensively in the Arts industry, with 15 years as a professional tattooist and has curated many group and solo shows as founder and Co-director of Muse Contemporary Gallery, an artist run initiative in Lismore NSW.
Her exhibition list is extensive, boasting a Solo and numerous group shows, the latest of which will be opening October 15 at Macleay Valley Gallery. Her work is held in private collections.
In 2018 Beki Davies received the TAFE excellence award for the Adv Dip of Vis Art, the Innovate/Situate Design Prize, the Kaske Award and an Academic Excellence Award, both from Southern Cross University. Beki was recently awarded a residency to the Pickers hut in Glaziers Bay Tasmania which she will be attending in November this year.