Bianca Beetson is a Kabi Kabi woman, Born in Roma Western Qld. Studied a Bachelor of Arts Visual arts (Honours) at the Qld University of Technology. Lives and works in Brisbane. I am an established Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Artist. I work in a broad range of mediums including: painting, photography, installation, new media and ceramics.
Biancas work is usually pink, with the occasional variation of Hue; which has become the signature of her work. Bianca draws much of her inspiration from real life experience. Often many of her ideas being triggered by conversations she has with people about politics and popular culture. Furthermore Biancas work is concerned with her individual identity as an indigenous Australian, as well as the identity of Australia as a nation in terms of its history and governance. Other areas of reference include the co modification of Aboriginal Culture; the demarcation of Art, artefact and Kitsch; critique of the social and cultural structures; and the critique of the beauty and the feminine. More recently Bianca has found a passion for pottery and ceramics. Biancas latest series of work explores issues of growing up a fair skinned Urban Aboriginal woman, it looks at issues surrounding the loss of traditional culture through the process of assimilation and the Aborigines Protection act. The work also looks at my relationship to skin, the work draws heavily on body paint designs and scarification marks and my contemporary interpretation of them.
To sum the work up: "It's all about skin, the skin I am in, thick and thin, the need to win, to shed my skin, to be free from sin. If you face the truth there is not proof that the skin I am in is the skin of sin!"
In 1997 Bianca was selected for the Primavera exhibition at the MCA in Sydney. She had work in Black Humor and Saltwater, freshwater, Borewater and "transvisual" national touring exhibitions. In April 1997 Bianca won her first art award; The Anglican Church Grammar school Old Boys Association Encouragement award for artists under 25. As a member of the Campfire Group - Aboriginal artist's co-operation, she has had the opportunity to be involved in many projects based on cultural collaboration. Including All Stock Must Go which was a part of the 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial at the Queensland Art Gallery in 1996-97. Bianca has had a number of solo exhibitions in regional Qld and Brisbane, and her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions through out Australia and Overseas. Bianca's work has been included is a number of festival such as the Livid Festival, Stage X, and Dar. Recently Bianca Received an Arts Qld Grant to produce and Exhibit a Body of Work in the 2002 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Also recently Bianca was commissioned by Leah Purcell & QPAT to create an art work for the "Black Chic's Talking" project. In 2005 Bianca had a solo exhibition touring around regional Qld titled The other Arty Beetson. In 2007 Bianca had her first Solo exhibition in Melbourne at the Australian Dreaming art gallery. Bianca has work in public and private collections around Australian and Overseas including Art Bank, QPAT and Qld Art Gallery. Currently a member of the ProppaNOW aboriginal artists Collective. …Read More
Education 2007 Griffith University, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. 2005 Brisbane North Institute of Tafe , Certificate 4 Workplace Trainer and Assessor. 1998 Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts - Honors) 1993- 1995 Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts)
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2007 Dont Mix your Colours, Australian Dreaming Art Gallery, Melbourne. 2005 The Other Arty Beetson,1 Year Qld Touring Exhibition , Qld Arts Council. 2004 Directorate Exhibition, Qld Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane 2002 Walt Disney was my Story Teller, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Tandanya, Adelaide. 2001 Batteries not Included, Hands on Arts, Southbank Brisbane 2000 Back From The Edge, Cooloola Regional Gallery, Gympie 1999 Good Vibrations New Sensations, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane. Extra Mile, Boondall Wetlands, Brisbane 1998 Livid Festival, What I do on a Saturday When My Philosophy Runs Out, Installation, Brisbane 1997Pepto Bismol, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane. 1996-97 Sugar lady Star Crash,Cross Gallery, Brisbane. Sugar Coma,The Dog Art Space, Brisbane 1996. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007 Wululan Maya: tomorrows home, Spectrum Project Space, Northbridge, Perth, WA. 2007 The Amersham Trophy, ProppaNow Artist Collective Space, Brisbane 2007 Friendly Fire, ProppaNow Artist Collective George Petlin Gallery, South Port Qld. 2006 Murri Gallery, Tellem Ya! Dreamin Gallery, Woodford Folk Festival also Gallery Curator & Co-ordinator 2006 There goes the Neighbourhood, ProppaNow Artist Collective Space, Brisbane 2005 Bella Dinner, charity art auction, Museum of Contemporary art Sydney. 2005 "Think & Thin", proppaNOW exhibition at the Brisbane, Powerhouse. 2005 "Dumb Luck", proppaNOW exhibitition United Nations Conference, Brisbane Convention Centre. 2005 ProppaNOW, Lane Gallery, New Zealand. 2005 ShooshThe Campfire group Retroperspective, The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 2004 Heart & Soul,Wise-Arts Gallery, Brisbane 2002Six Coats of Black, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane 2002Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane 2002CHOGM 2002, Coolum,curated by Campfire Group 2001Gatherings, As a part of the CHOGM peoples festival, Brisbane Convention Centre 2001Retail Therapy, Urban Groove, Fortitude Valley 2001Pink,Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Redcliffe 2001 - 2002 Black Chick's Talking - Leah Purcell & The Qld Performing Arts Trust, Commissioned Painting book cover and project branding. 2000* The Procreation Show, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane. 2000 *Women's Business, Breast Screening Clinic, Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. 2000-2003* Transvisual, touring Qld Schools 1999* Big Smoke, The Campfire Group 1998* Beauty 2000, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 1998* Tide & Time, Environmental Collaborative Installation with Paula Payne, Boondall Wetlands. 1998 * The Heritage Art Awards, Old Parliament House, Canberra. 1997 * The Wild Kingdom Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 1997* Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 1997* Black Humour, Touring Nationally 1997-98.. 1997* Good Grief, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. 1997* Churchie Emerging Art Awards, Anglican Church Grammar School, Brisbane (won under 25 category). 1996* All Stock Must Go!, Campfire Group project, 2nd Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. 1993 -1996 Numerous group exhibitions, displays in and around Brisbane. COLLECTIONS Qld Performing Arts Trust, Brisbane, Artbank, Sydney, Qld Art Gallery (Collaborative work), Brisbane, Regional Galleries Association Queensland, and various private Collection around Australian and overseas. ,…Read More