Artbomb is not your average exhibition. Artbomb: connect + create brings together local artists, our local community and Hurstville Museum & Gallery in a slow release explosion of creativity and artistic expression. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with artists, as they work within our space. Come in and reconnect.
On Thursday 2 July 2020 between 10.00am – 1.00pm, visitors will be able to chat with and observe artist Becky Gibson in the gallery space at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. We were able to ask Becky a few questions in regard to her practice.
Photo courtesy of artist.
Can you give us an insight into your artistic process? Is your work pre-planned or created intuitively? How long does each work take to complete?
Creating work for me is quite personal and a solitary endeavour. There’s a number of stages involved in making and it can often be a lengthy process. It all starts with finding a subject which draws my attention. As I am primarily a landscape painter, I spend a lot of my time walking the streets and wandering around disused spaces to find a scene that speaks to me. I make a lot of drawings and small painting plein air, in front of my subject. I find there is information and sensations which can only be translated through actually being in front of your subject. The photograph – although a great tool for making a painting – dulls the senses which we use to take in a scene and it’s these sensory perceptions that I want to document in my work.
Can you explain your technique; how you manipulate the medium?
I work mainly in oils so the process with the smaller works is quite quick, working wet into wet. If working plein air I try to get everything down in one sitting which means making a lot of hard decisions. The aim is to be as honest with the subject in front of me as possible, for example, if I have a nice section of painting but it’s not true to the scene or the rest of the painting then it has to go. There’s a lot of wiping back paint to keep the painting alive and to avoid muddying the colours.
The larger works take much longer to produce and happen in stages. Because these works can’t be made on site they are informed by smaller plein air paintings and drawings and photographs of the site. Then back in the studio these studies are combined so that all the necessary qualitative information is translated to the larger work.
Photograph courtesy of artist.
Do you keep some kind of ongoing drawing book or diary? Or a collection of images or photographs for inspiration?
I keep a drawing book and also make drawings on scraps of paper. I also use photographs to inform the larger works. Camera phones are so handy for documenting a space/landscape but as mentioned above they can not exclusively inform me of the experience of a particular space.
Who are your favourite artists? Who do you draw inspiration from?
I have a lot of favourite artists and my taste in art is far reaching but for the sake of pinpointing artists which have helped refine my own painting practice I will highlight the following-
Rick Amor is someone I return to often as we deal with the same landscapes in our work. I find the sense of unease he creates in his work so enticing and sinister. I like to look for similar dark and foreboding references in my own subject. Then there is Corot who I will always return to as an original Master of Landscape painting – there is so much to learn from his work. Others include the usual suspects of Derain, Bonnard, Matisse, Manet, Degas, O’Keefe and the less well-known inspirations of Prunella Clough, Raoul DeKeyser and Lois Dodd.
To learn more about Becky and her practices visit her website: beckygibson.net
Follow Becky on on Instagram: @bettygibsoid
Artbomb will be on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 9 June – 26 July 2020.