Artist Biography - Bethan Hamilton

Bethan Hamilton studied at the University of Salford in 2008 studying BA (Hons) Visual Arts, she then completed her Masters in Fine Art at the University of the Arts London, in 2009.

Bethan Hamilton’s work is a deconstruction of female sexuality and body image through mark making. She is currently working on an ongoing portrait drawing series, depicting images of female
...sitters consuming and interacting with a variety of foods. Each portrait is created using donated or found imagery and film stills sourced from online fat positive ‘Feeder’ networks, BBW and Splosh/WAM fetishism websites.

Through this body of work Bethan has sought to explore the world of ‘alternate sexualities’, to take a departure from popular culture and spoon-fed notions of beauty. However, instead of finding an online community that promotes alternative body types in a positive light these communities seek gratification through the control, isolation and humiliation of women. By removing the ‘fetish’ element, the food, Bethan’s portraits highlight the women at the centre of these scenes.

Self-portraits that depict the artist’s head slowly disappearing under a viscous blank space, threatening to immerse the sitter entirely. This negative space has become a visual representation of the transformations that occur in both body and mind that accompany pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. This process brought about a feeling that Bethan’s body was no longer her personal property. For the artist, along with the drastic physical changes of becoming a mother, it also triggered a significant shift in mindset that led her to question her personal identity as a woman and as an individual. Personal wants and needs became trivial and took a backseat to love and care for a another human being. Some days struggling to recognise the person staring back at her in the mirror. Eventually coming to the realisation that there would be no return to her “old self” and that a new identity was forming.

Recent exhibitions include; A Rational Reaction, Dysfunction, UK (2015), 20:20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, UK (2015), In Time, Over Time, neo:gallery22, UK (2014) Snow in Summer, Peek-a-Boo Gallery (2014).

Bethan lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
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