ArtChat [Blog Interview #81] - Women of Substance - Beci Culley

Beci 3'Celebrating 30 Years in 2016, Red Hill Gallery launches the exhibition year with three talented and dynamic women of substance. They bring together different styles in what will be a collaborative and dynamic exhibition.' Margaret Campbell-Ryder, Director

As an emerging artist, we at ArtChat wanted to know....

Who are you and what inspires you?

I think my heart missed a beat when Sam asked me to respond to the question “Who am I? And what inspires me.” There are so many questions that I get asked every day but when asked something like this in particularly, it takes a little time to reflect and respond with a clear answer...So I hope this sums me up to a tea!Beci 1

Initially I thought I could start off with the first thing that comes to mind which interestingly enough is my job title. But a few moments later I think to myself that I should really be listing something more substantial and deeper than just a title which could include my personality...And by now I am realising I am already spreading my thoughts across the page like a “dear diary ” entry but I haven’t yet answered the question. (I hope I haven’t lost you here!)

I am someone that is always in search of the cause and effect process. I am intrigued by all things and it is in all things that intrigue me to create. Being a dreamer I can only imagine that my first experiences in life were ones of being an inquisitive soul. I find myself in a state of dreaming constantly and there is never a subject that is always the same but different things trigger my mind to wander. I think this is what drives me to be always asking questions, always trying to work my way through limitations and develop in new and different areas.

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To describe my deepest layer, I would say that I am always searching to connect. Connection is vital for me to be in an area of creating and I thirst for it constantly. There are many areas that tie me into this where a person, a song, colour or even nature unites me with an emotion and I find it to be the ground from where inspiration is unlocked. In this process I free my mind of the conventional and set the stage to catch concepts for my works in hope to convert the connections into a tangible experience. The practise reminds me of a quote from Hermin Melville that explains it so elegantly.

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Herman Melville

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Women of Substance featuring Beci Culley, Suzy Galloway and Danielle McManus continues at Red Hill Gallery, 61 Musgrave Road, Red Hill until Sunday 6 March 2016.

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