Beanie Aldrett Fleming

Cerro De San Pedro 13, 2023

17 cm
Beanie Aldrett Fleming’s Cerro De San Pedro 13 is a sculptural representation of the lines that divide her cultural identities merging, responding and reacting to each other. Growing up in Brighton, UK and immigrating to Sydney Australia in 2006 she felt disconnected from her Mexican heritage which left her feeling culturally ambiguous and displaced. She draws upon an evolving visual language, that explores the intersection of her and her Mexican culture. Through the abstraction and layering of personally significant symbols of culture, family, and place such as the vibrant colours of traditional Mexican folk art aesthetic, that she contrasts with the neutral tones of different combinations of marbled white, red and black clay bodies reminiscent of the arid landscapes found in San Luis Potosi, Mexico where she is from. The rocky arid hills of the small mining town of Cerro De San Pedro, in San Luis Potosi, in the northeastern part of central Mexico become inverted and stacked on boulders and the vivid colours and motifs of the Mexican folk art that fills her father's hotel and home become the gems that sit within the landscape. The rhythmic tactile nature of the clay and the hand of the artist is present through the handbuilt, chalice-like form representative of the catholic traditions now embraced in post-colonised Mexico. The centre of the work is in a constant balancing act between the foundation and the heavy top, symbolic of Aldrett Fleming’s complicated relationship to belonging, her experience of immigration and the contradictions of her multicultural identity. Aldrett Fleming sees Cerro De San Pedro 13 as a colourful, dynamic shrine-like celebration and acknowledgement of her desire to connect and belong, an experience she believes is shared by all in this globalised world we live in today.
Beanie Aldrett Fleming born 1994, is a Mexican and English, Sydney-based visual artist who lives and works on unceded Gadigal Land. She began handbuilding classes in 2018 taught by ceramisist aunt Kerry Cook where she discovered a passion for the medium, inspiring her to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Arts School in 2020. During graduation in 2022 she won the Kil.n.It prize and is now a Studio Artist at in Glebe. She has exhibited at Lowe and Lee Gallery (formally Kerrie Lowe) earlier this year and is looking forward to participating in a group show with at Michael Reid Clay in October, Saywell Gallery in October, and Curitorial+Co in December 2023. She is also a finalist in the Little Things Art Prize 2023 and had her work featured in The Journal of Australian Ceramics, July issue, 2023. Aldrett Fleming immigrated to Sydney, Australia in 2006 from Brighton, UK growing up culturally ambiguous until a trip to Mexico in 2010 where she established a connection to her Mexican heritage. She primarily works in ceramics to create vibrant and dynamic sculptural forms that express her journey and desire to understand, acknowledge, and celebrate the intersection of her multiple cultural identities and the effects immigration, globalization, and culture have on her perception of her own identity, and belonging.
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