Bea Bonafini works across painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and installations. Her interdisciplinary practice is often textile-based and socially engaged; inspired by confrontation in human relationships, ritual processes and notions of the sensual and the visceral.
With her fabric works in particular she explores the flexibility of formal possibilities that comes by replacing paint with fabric. Testing the notion of comfort, her installations and performances operate on the boundary between functionality and the aesthetic.
Bea continues to develop in her practice an inlay technique, using carpet, following a horizontal process of continuous and obsessive slicing and splicing. She repeats the fragmentation to complicate the image, so that it appears in syncopated forms, to slow down the viewer’s reading of the work.
Bea Bonafini (b.1990) received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art , London (2016) and a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014). Recent solo and two-person shows were held at: Bosse and Baum, London (2019); Renata Fabbri, Milan (2018) ; Zabludowicz Collection, London (2017). Residencies include Platform Southwark Studio Residency (2018), FiBRA Colombia (2018), Fieldworks Studio Residency (2017), Villa Lena (2016) and The Beekeepers Residency (2015).
PLATFORM FOUNDATION ASKS
Who is your artistic hero? Louise Bourgeois.
Which work of art you wished you owned? Niki de Saint Phalle’s mirror house from “The Tarot Garden” sculpture garden.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio? Scissors!
Describe your studio in three words: A multi-textured, light-swamped, organised-mess.
Do you collect anything? Small mountains of mixed fibres.
What kind of music do you listen to while you work? Frank Ocean, Anderson Park, Billie Holiday, Maria Callas.