Honey Biba Beckerlee, Denmark

Residency Period: 1 November 2013 - 1 April 2014


Bio

Honey Biba Beckerlee is a visual artist working with installation, video and photography. She holds an MFA from The Royal Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory, from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Prices and awards include “Excecutive J. P. Lund & Wife Vilhelmine, born Bugge's fund” 2010, “Brewer J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award 2009” and Bikubenfonden’s talent grant 2004-2006. She has participated in residencies in Skriduklaustur Iceland (2009), Sparwasser in Berlin (2011) and the Danish Arts Council Istanbul (2012).  She currently lives and works in Copenhagen Denmark. URL: www.kunstdk.dk/kunstner/honey_beckerlee


On-hiatus Proposal Summary

In 2012 Honey Biba turned 34 and by becoming “older than Jesus”, she was beginning to doubt her chances to achieve the international career she had been striving for. She began to wonder if she even still wanted to make the sacrifices needed in order to get there; giving up economic and domestic security, not having her friends and family around her. The hours she spent trying to work became more and more unproductive and she sank into depression.   Emerging from this state yet still unable to produce art, Honey Biba felt a profound need to make something beautiful, and thus meaningful out of this difficult period in her life.   During her darkest moments, she had an acute sensitivity towards everyone and everything around her; an awareness of their fragility which touched her deeply.  

While at RFAOH, she will investigate the relationship between disease and beauty and look into this acute sensitivity that marks a personal crisis by looking at it as a potential state to create from, even if such creation is not to be considered art.


Final Report

I found Shinobu and Matthew dedicated and very supportive of me during the residency. I find the project very sympathetic and important for conveying a broader sense of a career in art. I was very happy to participate because I was at such a difficult place in my career, where I needed to feel that I was still dedicated to art, but not strong enough to push my career toward exhibition-making etc. In this way, it really was a needed artistic hiatus for me.

My biggest difficulty with taking part in the residency, was the demand that the work has to categorized as non-art and that whatever I produced for the residency was not to be used in any coming artistic endeavors. It made it difficult for me to contribute with anything that excites me, since I might use these ideas or research for future projects. This way, I had a hard time coming up with anything for the residency all in all.


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On Jan 17 2014, milena commented on Deep heavy grey signifies depression: Honey Biba, where are you?[...]


From RFAOH co-directors

We apologize for this delayed announcement but Honey-Biba Beckerlee has resumed her art practice as of mid February 2013, so officially, her residency at RFAOH terminated back then. Nevertheless, we are grateful that this on-hiatus opportunity had some influence over her decision and motivation to get back to making art.  RFAOH sends Honey-Biba all the best on her future artistic endeavor.  You can check on her post on-hiatus life via her new web site:
http://www.honeybeckerlee.net/

Click “Final Report” to read on her experience at RFAOH.

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