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Bethany Dewhurst Defining Ups and Down: A simple and beautiful relationship between my brother and I.

Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst

My body of work represents the highly personal nature of my relationship with my brother, who has Down Syndrome. Through a series of subtle, multilayered images I explore how we both benefit from our symbiotic relationship. My intent is for the audience to have an emotional response from witnessing intimate moments between us. I incorporate definition associations to illustrate that we cannot exist without the other. The work questions the stereotypes associated with Down Syndrome, revealing a far more complex reality. I reference elements of Magritte’s practice to visually provoke conversations in society around disability.

Influencing artists:
René Magritte
Abdul Abdullah
Cyrus Kabiru

Watch a video presentation from Beth Dewhurst about her artwork. Length: 12 mins 6 secs.

School

Northholm Grammar School

ARTEXPRESS year

2021

HSC year

2020

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Process diary

Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst
Work by Bethany Dewhurst