Becky Brewis is an artist from London now based in Dundee. Her drawings, textiles and installations explore how the past permeates the present, psychologically and materially. Becky studied on the RoyalDrawing School’s funded postgraduate programme The Drawing Year (2015-16) and has just completed an MFA at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2018-19 she was artist in residence at the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art at King’s College London.She was selected by Tina Keane for Visions in the Nunnery 2018, a biennial showcase of moving image, and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize2017. She has been awarded residencies in Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, atDumfries House, Scotland and Hackney’s Space Studios.
I undertook the residency in the aftermath of the ‘Beast from the East’, and the island was snow-covered and locked in ice for most of my stay, with no visitors. Each day I made a drawing – from observation, out of surface rubbings, and out of the daily ice charts we were monitoring – and I locked these in plastic wallets, building up a sense of the emptied landscape, with its memory of former inhabitants, over the course of my stay.