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Flat earth theory

Flat earth theory

Bec Juniper
25 August 2018 - 19 September 2018

Australia is flat and so I paint it that way; this is where my work gets its meaning. The idiosyncratic and many times counter-intuitive process of interaction between water and earth, and between elements across the horizontal surface of the canvas, reveal how close the practice of painting comes to forming textures and images that mimic the geology of this place. But of course it’s not real, and the exciting part is in creating something fanciful out of nothing that would otherwise be non-existent.

For me, painting is a symbolic dynamic made mythical by embracing the idea of the artist’s serendipitous journey with their subject, fantastical worlds and seemingly impossible visions. I now find myself embracing the chaos and looking less towards making sense. This process of art making, through application of opposites and unknowns, is a pattern I see reflected in all living things, as well as within the spontaneous and random nature of life itself.

- Bec Juniper, 2018.