Beth Simcock, recent graduate of The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, presents a series of large-scale paintings entitled The Zodiac.
Beth Simcock is a painter and writer working across large-scale narrative paintings. Her practice is devoted to mythologies, both self-created and borrowed: from classics, art history, contemporary popular culture, and the online world.
Blushing girl-ish figures inhabit her landscapes-between-states. Fragments translated from ancient frescoes are painted over with beer cans and sweet wrappers, and decorated with glittery stickers to create colourful tapestries of parable and memory.
The Zodiac is a painting installation that spans twelve canvases: one for each sign in the astrological calendar. Each painting holds its own internal logic while also referencing the larger connection to its network of neighbours. The canvases span the space in a configuration that might just be accidental, evoking the almost-infinite squares of the Instagram grid. Together, these uneasy constellations suggest the brooding possibility of change.
Visitors do not need to book a ticket to visit this exhibition. If you are also visiting Anish Kapoor: Painting, you will need to book an exhibition ticket here.
COMING SOON: As part of the Platform Graduate Award 2021, discover two other exhibitions by recent fine art graduates. places and faces by Fetine Sel Tuzel (University of Reading) will run from 23 September – 3 October, and Real Art for Real People by Bevan Hill & Will Griffiths (Oxford Brookees) from 7-17 October.
Platform Graduate Award 2021
Celebrating new artistic talent from across the South East, Platform Graduate Award 2021 is a series of three solo exhibitions by selected BFA graduates from University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University and The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. The initiative supports emerging artistic talent to further their practice, and awards one outstanding artist a £2000 bursary and mentoring from a professional artist. Find out more.