Beverly has used materials traditionally used for burial; lead and linen, to encourage a focus on the emotional dimension in the words loss, absence and grief. Her work highlights that even when the immediate feelings of grief and mourning are passed, we are changed forever; the emotions embedded in the fabric of our lives emerge at different times to stain our emotional states.
Our familiarity with cloth in every-day life means that we have a vocabulary not only of words but also of experience in the sensation of seeing, touching, handling and encountering it. This vocabulary can be drawn upon to think about the involvement of cloth in containing and processing thoughts and emotions and is an ideal medium through which it is possible to consider meaning and making, making-meaning and thinking.
The choice of cloth for each piece of work is central to Beverly’s practice, whether linen, lead, cotton sheets or pillowcases. Beverly’s current work uses bedsheets which have been torn, stained and mended to evoke feelings of grief and loss. These bedsheets are Army hospital bedsheets from the Second World War – of special significance as a family member was injured and hospitalised in France shortly after D-Day.
Beverly’s practice aims to make a connection with the experience of the viewer, to allow reflection and consideration of the losses we have all experienced.
The work ‘Mendings II’ will be exhibited as part of the ‘Excellence in Fibers’ Exhibition in the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, California, USA, October 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Beverly has been selected to take part in the Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf in Quebec, Canada in 2019