Bethany Freer

Bethany Freer is an artist and art director based in Norwich, Norfolk. She is currently undertaking her final year studying a BA(Hons) Fine Art course at Norwich University of the Arts. Through spatial investigations, Bethany Freer utilises her practise as enquiry into the design of our surrounding space, questioning and disrupting the behaviours and actions that our own spaces project upon us. Primarily working in sculpture, her works question and distort spatial information and visual language, exploring the way in which our surroundings are designed, and how they can be opened up to the individual. Playful and liberating, her work wishes to hand back power to the inhabitant through subconscious signalling and signposting of space, forcing us to change our own surroundings and navigational habits. Sponsor: loads4less

PINK

Time for the best part! PINK! Here I painted on a few layers of pink exterior gloss paint to the undercoat, making the sculpture really pop! Im so happy with the colour and how close it is to my original proposed sketch, you definitely won’t miss it in the landscape! I look forward to installing …

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SHAPE

This week saw the main form of the sculpture really take shape! Using a range of tools from saws, rasps and files, I started to carve the curves of the legs from the foam pieces that had been built up. This was a lot of hard work but completely worth it! This will prepare the …

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BUILDING

Completing all components of the legs, these were sandwiched to the main steel frame along with the main face of the sculpture through digging channels. I wanted to show the fantastic hand held hot wire tool that technical Steve had created, which allowed me to then carve and shape the structure building up the legs. …

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SKELETONS

This will be the base of the sculpture, a skeleton made from 12mm steel rod welded together with the help of technician Jim. I really like the inside skeleton, possibly more than the sculpture itself! Currently, I am measuring and cutting more foam that will fit around this metal work to give the sculpture form, …

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SANDING,SANDING,SANDING…

After cutting and securing the two halves together (goodbye funky whale!) I begin the long process of sanding! Foam is the perfect material for carving and sanding, so the rounded finish I was after was easy to achieve and looked really effective!  PROGRESS Just getting started! Follow and like this finalist:

SKETCHES

It is important in my practise to work directly from drawings. Here you can see my initial proposal drawn onto the Broomhill site followed by some more technical (but very messy!) drawings. You can also see the model (the much smaller coat hook) that I will be working from!   I’ve decided the base of …

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