Bea Buckland-Willis

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Printmedia artist & curator

Beatrice Buckland-Willis is a Sydney based artist, with a passion for all things print. In 2020 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School (AUS), majoring in Printmaking. Much of her work utilises traditional print processes such as relief, intaglio, monotyping and screen. As a young artist experiencing chronic pain issues, Buckland-Willis is concerned with the representation of female pain and subverting ideas of the ‘normal vs. abnormal’ body. Regularly playing with satire and parody, she wishes to break down the idea that art must be serious to be taken seriously.

 

Her practice is multi-disciplinary, combining traditional print processes with digital technologies, analog photography and installation - often employing collage and found images. Her latest work the "Construct" series explores themes surrounding chronic pain and specifically, the challenges facing female-identifying individuals and members of the queer community in relation to the dismissal of pain and illness. Playing with spatial awareness and materiality via her installation practice, "Constructis reminiscent of the healing body, and speaks to the deconstruction and reconstruction of the body - both physically and emotionally - post surgical intervention.

Buckland-Willis has coordinated a number of curatorial projects with a focus on supporting emerging artists and other under-represented communities within the art world. Passionate about supporting women in print, in 2020 she organised and curated two exhibitions as a part of the Wasteland series which were focused on subverting tropes of the suburban experience through the female gaze. More recently, her curatorial project Multiply (which took place online due to Covid-19 restrictions in Sydney) created a much-needed virtual space for emerging printmedia artists to showcase their work without any financial barriers. Other passion projects include fundraising initiatives, such as the 2020 silent auction in support of Indigenous Lives Matter, with 100% of proceeds going to the Aboriginal Legal Service.