44 Knots Exhibition

Beki Davies

This exhibition showcases a selection of recent works by current Honours candidate Beki Davies.

44 Knots: SSW is the title of work produced in response to an artist residency in late 2019 at the ‘Pickers Hut’, Glaziers Bay, Tasmania. The Pickers Hut Artist Residency Program is run by artist, Matt Calvert at his studio in Southern Tasmania. Beki undertook this residency while participating in a unit called Independent Project, as part of her Bachelor of Art and Design degree here at Southern Cross University. This series is comprised of (20) works on paper which create a visual documentation of the recorded wind speeds over each day of the residency.

Interview with artist Beki Davies

Artist Statement

My practice explores landscape from both an anthropological and ontological viewpoint. Imbedding the work with the experience of being in the landscape, is integral to my process. Organic materials obtained from the site are integrated into my work. The illustrative components my work, are expressive of recurring patterns found within the landscape. My objective is not to depict but rather to evoke.

Using elements of the site, I become a collaborator with Place. In this case it was using the wind and rain of the Huon Valley on the paper as the ink was drying, to capture not only the movement but feeling of Tasmania’s ever present, wind and wild skies.

Hand drawn marks on both the illustrations and reduction lino prints, serve to bring my own personal experience of the site into the work. The minimalist palette is indicative of the steely skies and thick cloud formations in the southern part of the state. My goal is to connect to landscape, and to the dynamic of Place; and explore how that site is being changed by forces, both natural and otherwise.