Felicity Beaumont is a painter concerned with how we, as a contemporary society, relate to the body. Using imagery from social media, personal archive, publicly submitted imagery, pornography, film and pop culture, she crops, stylises and re-situates images of the body to inhabit the space of abstract painting.
The colourful works she creates explore the viewer/painting relationship, recognisability, abstraction, and discuss the significance of the body in contemporary society; focusing on subjects of diversity, sexualisation, stereotyping, male and female gaze, objectification, gender and identity. She is ultimately interested in how abstraction and the repositioning of the human form can address the socially constructed ideologies surrounding the body.
Process is a vital part of her painting practice and the physical photographic crop is an intrinsic stage in the investigation of the figure. The cropping process can vary between intentional focus on a specific area of a body, or random zooming and resizing processes. Through this process, the human body is undeniable within the painting, yet an unconventional and sometimes awkward angle allows the viewer to readdress their perspective of what is often either an overlooked or over-scrutinised subject.
Stemming from her association with fourth wave feminism and interest in the growing prominence of social media and post-truth ideologies, Beaumont is interested in how observations of the figure, human body and societal pre-conceptions of beauty, gender and identity have adjusted in recent decades, particularly with the emergence of the current digital age.
GO FIGURE, July - Sept The Gugg, Stalbridge,
Nexus, (Arts and Humanities End of Year Show), June, University of Suffolk, Ipswich
Bardo, Jan - Feb, Ipswich
Changing Lines, April, Cafe Sienna, Ipswich
= (Equals), July, University of Suffolk, Ipswich