elizabeth van der beugel

Elizabeth van der Beugel, Untitled, 2013Elizabeth’s current practice focuses on the intimacy of drawing to explore highly personal, human experiences such as the post-partum period after birth. Her work explores the transition from selfhood to motherhood and looks at the cultural connotations that come with it. Through the drawn representation of the mother and child the work seeks to continue and further the debate around the true status of ‘mother’ within contemporary society.

Elizabeth uses traditional graphic techniques in her work, such as silverpoint on gesso panels, black ink and drypoint prints to create drawings of great delicacy and sensitivity that capture moments of great intimacy but also scenes of loneliness and isolation.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of York in 2001 with a BA (Hons) History of Art and English and went on to undertake post graduate studies at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London in the conservation of easel paintings.

White Moose have produced a book based on Elizabeth’s Obsessively Drawn exhibition, which includes a short story written by her, giving readers an insight into the story behind her work. The book is available for purchase in the gallery or over the phone for £12, or in a gift set of 3 of our books for £30.

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As part of the Exeter Enquiries Project, artist Elizabeth van der Beugel will be undertaking a residency with Dr Heather O’Mahen, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at in the Mood Disorders Centre at the University, specialising in perinatal mood disorders. The residency will culminate in an exhibition of Elizabeth’s work, in the Forum, in May 2015. The project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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