Bea Bonafini (b. Italy, 1993) works across painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and installations. Her interdisciplinary practice is often textile-based and socially engaged; inspired by confrontation in human relationships, ritual processes and notions of the sensual and the visceral. With her fabric works in particular she explores the flexibility of formal possibilities that comes by replacing paint with fabric. Testing the notion of comfort, her installations and performances operate on the boundary between functionality and the aesthetic.
Bea continues to develop in her practice an inlay technique, using carpet, following a horizontal process of continuous and obsessive slicing and splicing. She repeats the fragmentation to complicate the image, so that it appears in syncopated forms, to slow down the viewer’s reading of the work.