PUBLICATION: Becky Beasley
ARC new writing fellowship
TWO PLANTS IN DIP
Beasley’s limited edition artists’ book is a double portrait of the artist’s mother and the amateur botanist and specialist in alien plant species Eric Clement was launched at Off Print in Tate Modern with a special book signing by the artist on Saturday 19 May.
This publication commissioned and produced by the Artists’ Research Centre is the result of Beasley’s twelve month ARC writing fellowship in collaboration with Focal Point Gallery and marks the start of a new body of work. For the Fellowship Beasley was invited to respond to the history and library collections of Southend. Over the course of a number of visits to the town, and through her explorations of the estuary, Beasley became increasingly connected with the natural history of Essex and it’s identity with literature, art and photography. She invited her mother, also a keen botanist and member of the Linnean Society to spend some time with her in Southend walking and talking about the future. Beasley also visited Eric Clement in his home to view his extensive herbarium and interview the normally reclusive collector and scientist.
The material gathered from these projects along with additional research in the collections at Southend forms the core of this publication and the spring board for a planned new body of work which will include photographs, furniture and fabric design.