White Moose presents Elizabeth van der Beugel: Obsessively Drawn
Consisting of various drawn representations of the mother and child, this new solo exhibition poignantly exposes personal and cultural expectations of motherhood. Van der Beugel’s own two experiences of early motherhood were tainted by her battle with Perinatal OCD which, in spite of affecting 3 to 6% of new mothers in the UK each year, remains one of the most misunderstood and under-recognised maternal mood disorders.
The body of work presented in this exhibition was produced as a direct result of the artist’s ordeal. It captures moments of deep intimacy as well as isolation with extraordinary delicacy and sensitivity.
Van der Beugel deliberately chose graphic techniques such as silverpoint on gesso and ink on paper traditionally used by male artists of the past in their idealised depictions of religious and secular ‘Madonnas’, to portray a contemporary female reality.
In addition to fulfilling her need as an artist to express what she went through and raising awareness of Perinatal OCD, this exhibition also challenges preconceived notions of motherhood and highlights the dichotomy between accepted social norms and the actuality of this lived experience.
Van der Beugel graduated from the University of York in 2001 with a BA (Hons) History of Art and English and went on to undertake post graduate studies at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London in the conservation of easel paintings.
Exhibition: Obsessively Drawn
Dates: Sat 27 Sep to Fri 31 Oct 2014
Times: Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm
Artist Talk (FREE): Wed 8 Oct, 7pm
Gallery: White Moose
Location: Moose Hall, Trinity Street, Barnstaple EX32 8HX, T: 01271 379872, E: firstname.lastname@example.org, W: http://www.whitemoose.co.uk