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This is Bianca Beetson

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By Gwylym Owen

Bianca Beetson is an Australian contemporary artist.

Bianca Beetson was born in Roma, Western Queensland. She is an Indigenous Australian of the Kabi Kabi nation of the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland. She studied and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in visual arts at the Queensland University of Technology from 1993 to 1995. She completed her Honours in 1998 and is currently perform a Doctorate of visual arts at Griffith University.

She normal herself as an artist for contemporary Australian aboriginal art and lives and works in Brisbane. Her action includes media such as painting, photography, installation, new media and ceramics. In paintings she often uses shades of pink but is also avid in making pottery and ceramics. Her function also reflects upon her link to skin and she interprets body paint designs and scarification marks in a contemporary manner.

In 2013 she was commissioned by the Brisbane Botanic Gardens to install her sculpture Feast of the Bon-yi in bronze and corten steel there upon Mount Coot-tha. The cluster of large nuts and activity figures visualises the addition of the tribes. The nut itself symbolises a sacred object, it provides nourishment, rebirth and buildup and is the explanation why people travelled from for that reason far and wide.

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