Intersection embraces the wall and explodes the frame, leading the viewer into a line of possibilities. Fraval pieces together fragments of a world, plotting lines through life, seeking reference points and locating the self within a surrounding space.
In the gallery hangs a wall-size, multi-paneled drawing on paper that spreads off the page and on to the wall. Fraval’s installation is made up of various elements; drawing, three-dimensional objects, cut paper and wall painting. Drawings of symbols, intersecting lines, cartography and visual fragments map out an open-ended journey.
The work becomes a reflection of the complex nature of identity in a global culture. The artist draws on a personal language of multiple ‘homelands’ (Brittany, London, Las Vegas, South Africa, India and Melbourne) and constant relocations. These ruptures and disconnections inform and continue to influence her work.
Betra Fraval completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, and was awarded the Maude Glover Fleay Award and the Tolarno Hotel Annual Art Award at the VCA Graduate Exhibition. Intersection is her first solo show.