Keron Beattie Norfolk, United Kingdom
I have a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Art and Design (2016) and a MA Fine Art with Distinction (2018). My overarching interest is fragmentation, remaking and wholeness and the potential of materials to change or transform.
My work is concerned with fragmentation, remaking and wholeness and the potential of materials to interact, change and transform. As part of this there is often a striving towards, or an attempt at, reconnection. This response to a world which feels increasingly fragmented and damaged looks towards the hope of creating order or at least managing chaos.
My work is usually small scale which, together with using found or recycled objects and materials, keeps my carbon footprint as low as possible. Working small also encourages careful looking (and often holding) and the discovery of layers of time recorded in the work, and the hidden story inherent in the everyday and the overlooked.
I generally work by hand using traditional tools and techniques, a process which, for me, links past present and future as the new work emerges. I am currently understanding how traditional jewellery making materials, processes and forms can inform and influence my small sculptural works.
The slower process of hand working encourages a way of seeing and then re-seeing the materials and allows new ideas and forms to emerge in a reflective dialogue with the materials which is a key part of my practice and a link to my previous professional practice as a mediator.