The interwoven graphite drawings by North East Victorian artist Beth Peters revealed interconnections, relationships and lived experiences through fabric imagery. As with needlework or embroidery, her methodical and immersive works on paper required patience and attention to detail. In her studio, pencil and paper became devices that recorded the fabric of existence, and this process involves filtering and editing collated moments and experiences into field recordings. Designed to facilitate meditative states, Peters’ repetitive practice allowed the artist to move between conscious and unconscious thought.
Closely was a new work that studied moments of time and space, the meticulous detail of the work invited close examination. In opposition, Look at us asked us to take a step back: this large-scale drawing considered our existence as a collective, and invited individuals to look at what they, and we, are a part of. The blank ream of paper at the base of this work opened a conversation about the ongoing nature of existence.