Solo Show: Conversations with the Ocean
From July 8th- August 8th, 2022 11 of my Wave Imprints were on display at Arts AccessAbility Network in Manitoba. It was an honor to be able to show my work out-of-province!
This was my second solo show, and I wanted to share the online exhibition which continues to live on their website. You can take a look here, or view below. The Wave Imprints included in this show are also for sale, please feel free to reach out to me via email, or visit my online store.
Nature is the most powerful tool to remind us of where we have come from and where we are in the present moment. I incorporate elements of nature as an essential part of my creative process, which involves connecting to the land, elements, and/ or energies of the place I am in. My work is often ephemeral and meant to have a life-cycle.
Wave Imprints invite a quiet, mindful experience with each piece. The images depicted on each work are created when a drop of ink on paper meets a wave. They are then left to dry on the foreshore.
It all started out of curiosity of what the ocean would paint. On a cold November day back in 2016, I knelt at the foreshore with ink on paper, and waited for a wave to grace the paper’s surface. That moment, being with the waves, connected me back to exactly what I needed- nature, the sea, and connection.
I continued to visit the ocean often, and tuned in by sitting in mindful witnessing of my surroundings. During one of my visits, I came across charcoal from a past beach fire. I collected this charcoal, and turned it into ink.
Since that fateful day, my connection to the materials I use and the land base I am on has grown infinitely deeper. Wave imprints invite mindful witnessing, and bring a connection to the ocean wherever you may be.
Kaitlyn Beugh is an interdisciplinary visual artist. She lives, works, and plays on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish First Peoples.
Beugh’s art practice plays on the ephemeral, and of shared experiences. Her practice has a unique combination of foraged and artist grade materials. Her work is often experimental, and is not always intended to be archival – it may change as it ages. She receives inspiration from the land that she is on, and finds ways to connect with it artfully – be it at that moment on the land base, or reflectively in her studio.
She has always had a deep connection with nature and the environment, and began focusing more on intuitively-led nature-connected practices in her art practice as a way to cope with an acquired health condition and the ongoing changes occuring in her life due to this. This has become a catalyst to redefine what her art practice looks like at the intersection of her personal healing journey and her visual arts practice.
Beugh works with a variety of mediums and media, using materials that complement the intention she has in the work she creates. She has worked in a variety of approaches, ranging from small to large scale paintings and drawings, murals, small to large scale sculptures using a variety of materials, fiber arts, illustration, photography, and printmaking. Beugh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts with a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Like nature itself, her work is ever-evolving. Her intention is that the work she creates inspires you to find calm and curiosity in your surroundings.