Beverley Chapman‘s work occupies the expanded field of sculpture and craft, folk culture, archives and memory are key. The lynch pin of her practice is the restoration of a fairground horse and the other work Beverley makes responds to questions arising from this process. For example, ‘Altared’ is a piece featuring grape stalks “preserved” in plaster. By placing the stalks on a rusty, metal frame “altar table” it references transformation. Ultimately, the stalks function as a memento mori, resembling (as they do) the bones that remain after the flesh has long since departed. It is a reminder that whatever we create will inevitably decay.
Beverley Chapman( b. Oxfordshire) has subsequently lived in London, York and Glasgow and previous careers include working for Condé Nast Publishing as a picture editor / researcher and as an actress. She has studied at The Slade and Chelsea School of Art and Design where she won a commission for Frontier Economics and was a finalist in Connect 2 Colour at Lacy Contemporary gallery. Beverley has exhibited widely in London including shows at Nolia’s Gallery and East Street Arts. She has appeared as a performer for Rosemary Cronin at the opening of the Apiary Gallery and at the Toynbee Studios and has also performed with Anthea Hamilton in Oslo as part of House exhibition and at the ICA in London in Fig 2.
She has recently completed the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art where her focus was the continuing restoration of a fairground horse. Beverley is looking forward to collaborating on shows with her fellow GSA graduates as well as taking part in a residency at Hospitalfield later in the year.