Bethel’s work draws on a love of paper, cutting and manipulating paper in a manner that utilizes shadow and reflection to create complex patterns and peripheral lightscapes. Her practise of applying watercolour to the back of the paper creates an ever changing intensity of shadow and colour through cast reflection. At times she treats the surface of the paper with encaustic covering and disguising the paper and allowing the gestural mark of the brush on the textured wax facade.
The layered and intricate work of her multi faceted spaces explores the poetics of the grid while referencing particular objects and places. Bethel’s arts practise takes a critical view of the relationship between object, place and memory. Her subjects are carefully selected and show a precise intersection, where materiality meets imagining.