Bea Bonafini constructs tactile installations that hover between the functional and the dysfunctional. For Dovetail’s Nest she explores the idea of a non-religious chapel, transforming the gallery into a domestic space of sorts. An inlayed carpet fills the room, its design based on a 15th century marble floor in Siena Cathedral, Italy. Visitors are invited to step into a chaotic scene of soldiers and horses in battle, while a large wall-mounted drawing depicts a more contemplative interior populated by totemic sculptures. The atmosphere shifts back and forth from comfort to unease as one is consumed by surface decoration and layers of history.
Bea Bonafini (b. 1990, Bonn, Germany) lives and works in London. She studied MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, 2014-16, and a BA at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London, 2010–14.