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KATE BEYNON: The Shapeshifter's Hour


KATE BEYNON: The Shapeshifter's Hour

11 Jun 2022 - 4 Sep 2022

The Shapeshifter’s Hour explores supernatural themes, guardian figures and magical creatures. The imagery and characters in Beynon’s new body of work expand her interest in cross-cultural stories and mythologies.  

Beynon and her family’s diverse cultural backgrounds, including her Cantonese-Malaysian, Celtic/Welsh and Nordic ancestries, alongside the Afro-Caribbean and First Nations Pima-Mexican ancestries of her husband and sons, inform her conceptual and artistic practice. The resulting artworks blend personal connections and design influences in a semi-autobiographical and often collaborative way. Inspired by female Surrealists, Beynon’s work also draws from an eclectic range of pictorial traditions including graphic novels, animation, film, calligraphy, textile design and fashion.

The artist has used textile painting techniques and repurposed materials to create a series of amulets and costume-like artworks. The garments feature botanical and talismanic symbols such as eyes, leaves, skulls, serpentine forms and scales. The artist feels that these works are imbued with healing and protective qualities. For Beynon, these soft-sculptural costumes act as offerings to the guardians while taking on a presence or spirit of their own.

The exhibition also features an animation produced with Beynon’s husband, Michael Pablo and her son, emerging artist and animator Rali Beynon. This projected work brings Beynon’s paintings to life through experimental watercolour and digital techniques in a cyclical dream-like adventure.

Kate Beynon, The Shapeshifter’s Cloak, 2021, acrylic on linen, 90 x 80cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery. Private Collection, Melbourne. Photograph: Andrew Curtis

Gallery Details

Linden New Art
Boonwurrung Country
26 Acland Street
T: 03 9534 0099
E: gallery@lindenarts.org

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The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.