Bec Juniper

Sui

FOX GALLERY EXHIBITION
3 July – 30 July 2021
Opening Saturday 3 July, 4-6pm

What is Western Australia’s environmental relationship to water? This exploration is presented in Sui, an expansive exhibition at Fox Galleries of the celebrated topographical field paintings from Perth-based artist Bec Juniper.

Juniper’s large-scale paintings are brimming with emotional power and luminescence; their rich surfaces connect an inner emotion with the greater environment. The works featured in ‘Sui’ capture the undulations and formations of Western Australia as Juniper uses minerals and pigments from clay deposits to depict her aerial landscapes, layering the natural materials to create evocative vistas. Reminiscent of Robert Smithson’s statement that “nature is never finished”, Juniper’s interest in science and geology engages the viewer to explore and experience the duelling strength and fragility of the landscapes that lie under our oceans.

‘Sui’ takes its name from the Japanese element of water: the character sui also encompasses a larger philosophical definition by covering all that is fluid and formless in our world. It is a force of change that provokes our profound emotional response to shifting natural scenes.

Water follows water as a metaphor for thought but also as an act.
For as long as I can remember, I have felt connected to the land, and I express my love for nature through painting. The longer I do it the more I observe and relax into the ways of physics, where making remains dynamic and fragile, revealing itself constantly.

There is such a richness of narrative in the earth, in elements and natural occurrences, such as the travel of water; as a shaper and the micro macro world of morphology. The paintings are created through multiple fluid layers with each layer containing fragments and traces of passage which combine the present with the past; acts of nature in an attempt to give agency and authenticity to the subject.

In these imagined works I have constructed many alternative versions of places and events, recognising on some level, that they are both fanciful, and open to interpretation. Multiple temporalities are rendered over time without a set path.

I often think of my work as a struggle between abstraction and reality because both exist within. Nature and physics are co-creators of the work, as an elemental and dynamic entity, and is not just an external subject, there is a constant co-constructing of the surface which is active, I’m trying to impart a feeling for place via an exploration of painting within a set of memories, tools and processes.

– Bec Juniper

EDUCATION

2000 Asian Art cultural studies, Chinese & Japanese art history, Curtin University, Bentley, WA
2000 Visual Art Communications and literacy, Curtin University, Bentley, WA
1992 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture
1989 Bachelor of Fine Art Photography and Design, University of Hobart, Hobart, TAS
1988 Diploma of Fine Art and Design, Claremont School of Art, Claremont, WA
1987 Fine Art and Design, Perth Technical College, Perth, WA

AWARDS

2019 Shire of Mundaring Acquisitive Art Award, theme ‘Place and Space’ curated by Greg Sikich
2011 Finalist, Cossack Art Prize
2006 ARTSWA, Bikelab, Residencies throughout regional WA
2005 Festivals Australia, Shire of Mundaring, Trek the trails
2004 Country Arts, Art folio extension education program
2004 Department of Education
1999 Australia Council, CEAD grant

SELECTED RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 More than I can imagine, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2016 Soft Illusions, Jahroc Art Galleries, Margaret River, WA
2016 Tempelhoff, Linton and Kay, Perth, WA
2015 Personal Cult of the Land, Jahroc Art Galleries, Margaret River, WA
2015 Strange Passion, Linton and Kay, Perth, WA

SELECTED RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 New Dawn, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2018 Summer  Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
2015 For the love of painting, Curated by Dr Ben Joel and Anna Sabadini
2014 Darlington Arts Festival, Curated by Nanette Tareha
2014 Small Images – Grand Visions 40/40, Wagner Art Gallery, NSW

Full CV