Through a landscape of imagined interiors longing for future potential, the exhibition references Virginia Woolf's idea of space as a requirement for creative thinking and production, the domestic, the physical and psychological space we create in our minds in order to cope with everyday life.
Bea Bonafini fills the gallery space with comically and colourfully dressed quasi-domestic objects, offering a landscape of imagined interiors longing for future potential. The silliness of odd furniture and paraphernalia suggests moments of past usefulness, now preserved and venerated like a house museum.
Bea Bonafini is an Italian, London-based visual artist. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art. Bonafini’s practice includes painterly objects, installations, textiles and performances that are interconnected, through which she explores the dynamics of social gatherings and traditions, human relationships, and our connection to consumption. Immersive spaces are often dressed with the aesthetics of the decorative and the domestic, inviting the viewer to activate works that play between functionality and the purely aesthetic. Bea Bonafini has exhibited at Tramps Gallery, Gallery 46, Lychee One Gallery, the Royal College of Art, the Place Theatre, Cob Gallery, Arts Atrium @ Twitter HQ London, Tate Modern, Camden Arts Centre, Guest Project Space, the Slade School of Fine Art, and Central Saint Martins. Residencies include a studio residency at Fieldworks (2017), Villa Lena (2016) and The Beekeeper’s Residency (2015). Upcoming shows include a solo show at Zabludowicz Invites in June 2017.
FieldWorks gallery offers a public window into the creative activities of the community and provides an environment for experimentation in medium, ranging across installation, performance, video work, painting and sculpture.. Connected to a philanthropic artist residency programme the aim is to foster new work from emerging talents, presenting their work exclusively via solo shows. Accessible during the earlier stages where work is being completed and installed, the gallery sets out to expose viewers to the process as well as the outcome, creating a more intimate dialogue between artist and audience.