Art Connections is a Chrysalis Arts project providing a range of services for visual artists in York, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Josie Beszant

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Mixed Media

Josie Beszant creates her art with discarded objects, paint, textiles and papers and through the reworking of these items attempts to make work that speaks about the present and future. Physically the work often has fragmented layers and partially obscured imagery. It looks at decay and preservation and how we experience and preserve memory. Using materials and images from past lives making connections between people who have long gone and our current experience of the world.

They are rich with metaphor enabling viewers to construct stories, to explore a personal and cultural history and what that means in the present time. A piece often contains elements of lost stories creating room for others to take their place. Inspiration comes from many places including stories, poetry and music.

Generally the work is of a small scale (under 1m square). Josie has undertaken a small number of private and public commissions (most recently for The Tourism Network) but mostly produces work for exhibitions including a recent show at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire. Her work is held in collections including The International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction (Fort Worth Texas) and Aotea Utanganui, the Museum of South Taranaki in New Zealand. Prices range from £50 – £2000.

Current methods of working: Private Commission, Collaboration, Project Management, Community work, Education projects, Training