Beatrice Magalotti is a Melbourne-based artist working mostly in bronze. Beatrice’s practice explores many facets of women’s lives such as historical and traditional work roles and the largely female crafts of weaving, tapestry and embroidery. The use of organic shapes in her work creates figurative references back to the women she draws inspiration from. Her most recent work explores themes of migration as hand-sewn elements are incorporated into her bronze works. In this work the shapes of boats appear, symbolising the paradoxical ease and difficulty of movement these vessels provide in the experience of migration.
Beatrice studied sculpture at Prahran College in the 1980s and graduated with a Master of Arts in Art and Curatorial Studies in 1994. She has since exhibited professionally for a number of years. In 2019 I participated in an art residency at Gæsteatelier Hollufgård, Denmark. This helped to develop her practice as she exchanged ideas between fellow resident artists and provided her with a fresh outlook on her own work. This residency influenced her decision to focus on the migrant experience and her own personal experience of it.
Location: Melbourne, VIC