The body of work created for Fragments, explores specific themes of Identity.
The exploration of how our personal identity is shaped by influences such as the knowledge of our ancestors and their cultural narratives. How psychological issues we battle in our own heads can lead to illness and mould the way we express ourselves. Works based on a range of old snapshot photography investigating the quiet and occasionally eerie moments, that these images capture.
Void, 2018, Pencil and watercolour on paper, 40x50 cm
Spell, 2018, charcoal and pencil on paper, 20x20 cm
Absent, 2018,pencil and watercolour on paper, 40x50cm
Ghosts, 2018, pencil and watercolour on paper, 48x48 cm
Familiar, 2018, pencil and watercolour on paper, 48x48 cm
Selected Works 2017
2017 The day after the day
This body of work focuses on a unique series of photographs held within the photographic collection of the Unley Museum.
These works present the viewer with a peculiar mixture of the romanticised past, and the excessively banal. The figures Beckinsale has chosen to depict are caught in a continuous state of everyday anticipation; forever waiting, watching, for a bus that will never arrive.
Ghosts, 2017, 93.5 x 63.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper
Explorers we, 2017, 63.5 x 93.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
An October Day, 2017, 93.5 x 63.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
Three times was he snatched away, 2017, 93.5 x 63.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
One more tomorrow, 2017, 63.5 x 93.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
The eyes that lost the sea, 2017, 93.5 x 63.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
Haven, 2017, 63.5 x 93.5, Giclee print on German Etching Paper.
2016 Honours Work
Found photographs present an ambiguous narrative to those that discover them, they are descriptive of a particular moment and experience that is now lost to time. Through my research practice I have considered how found, analogue vernacular photography can be seen to act as a substitute for personal memory, and how effective these photographic objects are at communicating information and personal knowledge. My work is a visual response to the clues present within a collection of photographs from two found photo albums created by a young woman living in Mount Gambier in 1946. I have explored how re-presenting these images as digital paintings creates a relationship between the image and the inaccuracy that exists in memory. The work focuses on the individual narratives that are present within these photographs, narratives which often get overlooked or forgotten.
2015 Graduate Work
Through painting and drawing I explored how snapshots of figures from the early 20th century have the ability to unsettle our understanding of the past. These antique images have become small physical tokens of fading memories, that contain pictorial evidence of temporal erasure. I am especially interested in these photographs when they have captured something unexpected, or when they display unusual situations that cannot be fully explained. My work reflects this uncertainty, presenting the images with partial detail to impede the viewers ability to wholly uncover the narrative. I hope my work encapsulates the dreamy haze that surrounds memories half forgotten and presents an inescapable ambiguity.