Inspired by encounters between forensic science and the domestic environment, Bea Haines explores our relationship with everyday matter and the insight this gives into human desire, fear and mortality.
As a multidisciplinary artist, subject matter often becomes art material and past artworks are made of lime scale, human ash, gall stones, fingerprint powder and blood. Obsessive repetition often creates a swarm-like effect, giving the illusion that the artwork has taken on a life of its own and is uncontrollably self-replicating and taking over.
Although the human often appears absent, the artwork acts an anthropomorphic portrait that like forensic evidence, tells a story. Objects that hold a personal resonance are raised to the status of relics despite their common interpretation as banal or grotesque. This re-appropriation gives them new life and meaning, transforming them beyond recognition.
Haines studied BA Illustration with Animation at the Manchester School of Art and an MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. She was a fellow in Printmaking at the Royal Academy between 2012 - 2016, where she recently exhibited in the 250th Summer Exhibition. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally. She was winner of the RBS Sculpture Award in 2014 and the Anthology Art Prize in 2015, and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2012 and the Griffin Art Prize in 2012.