Beth Peters: REST
When: Thursday 26 September - Sunday 1 December
Where: Maurice Chick Family & MacLeod-Miller Adamshurst Gallery, MAMA
A single line, representing the thread of consciousness, weaves in and out creating the detailed drawings of Chiltern-based artist Beth Peters.
Mapping the movement of thought from the artists internal world to the external, Peters threads together images inspired by textiles, repetitive woven works that speak to the complexity of being neither wholly present or absent in any moment.
Slowly, images are formed in a state of Random Episodic Silent Thought (REST), a conscious state in which the cortices of the brain are highly active, spontaneously reorganising and ordering thoughts and memories, making new associations and placing one in a deeply contemplative, creative state.
It is this state of awareness that is neither fully conscious, nor fully unconscious, in which the artist finds her creative energy, the monotonous image making allowing her to access memories and thoughts until they are exhausted, dispensed with, or earthed somehow in the physical process of drawing.
Artist Beth Peters in her studio. Photo: Nat Ord, 2019.
Peters is the recipient of the 2018 Susan Moorhead Memorial Award.
The Award is granted to one emerging artist from the region that applies to exhibit as part of MAMA's Open Call program.
In addition to a $2000 cash prize, the artist is supported in the development of a solo exhibition at MAMA.