The majority of Beckett’s most experimental paintings, executed between 1930 and 1934, were burnt following her sudden death. The approximately 2000 paintings that remained in her estate were stored in a shed at the family’s property, near Benalla in rural Victoria.
The paintings remained untouched at this site for over thirty years until a chance encounter saw them rediscovered by Rosalind Hollinrake in around 1970. Just over 370 works were salvaged from this tomb-like space and lovingly returned to their former glory, to again be shared with Australian audiences.
Adelaide artist Peter Drew was commissioned to record this time-lapse sequence in rural South Australia for the exhibition as a symbolic memorial to the legacy of Clarice Beckett. It is a potent reminder of loss, love and the fragility of the fearless creative act.