Exhibition Observation: Bethan Grant


(Note: The images above show artwork by fellow student, Bethan Grant. If you would like to see more of her work, click HERE.)

     Bethan’s pieces are always intriguing. The masterful style of perfect curves within her art leads viewers down a never-ending path, showing them where to look. Her style reminds me of Pixar and Disney characters, specifically how they’re initially drawn at conception: they start out simple but are then built upon in order to get the final masterpiece. You can see that within Bethan’s final pieces – you can see the stroke marks and the layers that went into the work in order to make them what they are in the end – the techniques used are full of grace and leave the viewer in awe when looking at the final piece.

The image itself is perfect – focusing on Faunus which links back to the horned god of the forest, plains, and fields, who was from one of the Roman deities. Due to this link, and design of the top painting, it suggests that the idea behind the paintings is intertwined with animal welfare. The top painting shows Faunus with her head decapitated and placed on a display board as if she had been killed and taxidermized. The image is powerful but is somewhat diluted due to having Faunus’ body underneath her head, making her look like she is whole. If it wasn’t for the blood, it would be somewhat difficult to understand what point Bethan was trying to get across by just looking at that painting, but with the blood, it shows the story and intensifies it, although it may take a few looks at it for some people to understand.

All in all, the exhibition was perfectly executed. The paintings were hung in a way that they lead on from one to the other. The butterflies were a nice detail, having them dotted around the tree it showed bypassers that there was more to see. The sculpture of Faunus’ head was a very good touch, it demonstrated what the first painting was initially trying to suggest. However, I would have preferred to see the head painted, or maybe even felted – to give it the fur effect. It was an amazing exhibition.


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