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Bethan McFadden
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Bethan creates works on paper in pencil, Indian ink and oil bar. Her work is inspired by nature, consciousness and impermanence, and it is informed by her own explorations into the nature of consciousness, Buddhist philosophy, observational drawing, and the work of artists such as Chinese ink painter Liu Dan, illustrator Ralph Steadman, outsider artist Guo Fengyi, and author Herman Hesse.

Bethan has loved looking at and drawing the natural world since she was a young girl, and her curiosity around death and consciousness started forming when she was about six years old, after the discovery in her parents’ garden of a baby bird’s head, which she found both mesmerising and slightly horrifying, a tiny dead mouse, which she decided was a very precious thing that had to be hidden and kept safe in a barrel in the depths of the garden, and a ladybird crawling up a post, who somehow conveyed the message that she used to be one in a previous life.

Her practice is driven by her need to express herself freely and effectively, without using her voice. Having struggled with social anxiety her whole life, and finding it difficult to explain herself orally, her natural instinct has always been to sit quietly and draw her thoughts.

Through combining a process of spontaneous mark making in ink or oil bar with a disciplined drawing practice, she is searching for, and occasionally succeeds in finding, balance.

Since completing a BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Art (University of the Arts London) in 2008, she has exhibited her work in a number of exhibitions, solo and juried, in the UK and abroad. She currently lives in South London.

Tulse Hill/Dulwich