Beth Shapeero

Residency Period June – July 2018 

During the month of July, an uncanny, show room style bedroom/studio was presented in the Project Space which acted as a work space and a space where visitors were welcome to get involved in the ideas, exploration and production of work taking place.

Throughout the residency Shapeero produced new 2D and 3D works, experimenting with different making techniques, abstraction and narrative to explore the relationship between them. The works explored the relationship between the abstract nature of dreams and abstraction in visual art and how we can play with the edges of meaning, whether using narrative or a visual sense of understanding. Painterly works that have skin like surfaces have a sense of containment and fluidity, mirrored in the dream narratives.   

Viewers were encouraged to come in and relax on the bed while listening to dreams, as well as record their own which then became part of the exhibit Bedroom presented at the end of Shapeero’s residency. The dream recordings and the staged bedroom presented an uncertainty of what is genuine and what is staged, how much performance and editing goes into relaying a dream? How real is the surface? How much do we display? Tension, yearning, what is controlled and what can be contained were at the centre of the work, yet, they are an abstracted reality, filled with uncertainty and enigma.

Beth Shapeero is a Glasgow based visual artist working in painting, sculpture and installation. Alongside making she creates projects which seek to break down barriers to people engaging in arts whilst further exploring her own practice and thinking.  Recent projects and exhibitions include; Block., a commission for Tramway, Glasgow 2017, Dreams and Perfume, Glasgow Open House Festival 2017, The Clinic, Glasgow International 2016, Workings, Glasgow International 2016 and Le Swimming, Glasgow International 2014.