‘Beverly’s work locates a feeling, an emotion, in a material object. The work touches us, causes us to stop and look carefully at the surfaces and in doing so we connect to the losses we have all experienced’
Professor Lesley Millar on the exhibition The Language of Grief: cloth as a metaphor for loss. James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, UK. 2016
My work focuses on the emotional dimensions in the words loss, absence and grief.
I use textiles in my work as we experience them in all aspects of our everyday lives and have built up a vocabulary not only of words but of feelings and memories which we associate with them. We touch, handle, see, wear and use them. This experience allows us to think about their involvement in containing the history of our lives, our emotions and our memories.
I often use bedsheets as the main fabric in my work, either whole or as fragments. Bedsheets act as silent witnesses to many natural processes in life such as birth, puberty, pleasure, disease, decay and death. They bear witness to passions spent before sleep and dreams forgotten on waking. Although we endlessly strive to clean and launder them, they remain keepers of our memories, dreams and tears.
Upcoming exhibitions 2020 and 2021
Fabric: touch and identity Compton Verney, Warwickshire, Now open again until 3rd January. Please visit their website to book timed tickets https://www.comptonverney.org.uk/whats-on/
Contextile 2020 Exhibition Places of Memory, Guimarães, Portugal.
5th September to the 25th October 2020
Torn Apart: exploring emotional barriers, Solo show at Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire
7th – 19th October Open 11am – 4pm daily
Private View Wednesday 7th October. This will be an ‘Open House’ event all day (12.00 – 8pm) to allow as many people as possible to come to the gallery without it being overcrowded.
‘in conversation’ a discussion of the work in the gallery with Professor Lesley Millar Saturday 17th October 2-3pm. This event is free but please email email@example.com to book a place.
Beyond Boundaries High Five Art Gallery, Baarle Nassau, Netherlands.
Postponed until May 2021
Continuum OXO Gallery, London.
Postponed until September 2021