Juana Beltran is a female artist born in Spain, currently working in Australia.
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“Beginning as a non-specific need to express and articulate states of being, Juana’s journey in artistic expression emerged as if it had always been there. Three and two dimensional works manifested as a result of a compulsion, a need to liberate the self, but also to partake in the unique nature of an individuals expression of their particular history and circumstances.

Juana’s episodic approach to making art changed significantly in 2000, when a sustained period of work produced a series of mixed media collages, that proved to be the template for an approach to painting that continues today.

The thematic aspect of Juana’s paintings emerges through the course of working, an element inspires a response, in turn inspiring further reactions, and so it builds. This procedure seems to be the way in which Juana’s creativity can flow unfettered. When her instinct leads her actions in bringing material from the subconscious to light. Working this way requires both an open mindedness and a decisiveness in knowing when and how to act.

The inspiration to work, arises through observations of the environment; scanning, waiting for a trigger that sets off an energy flow. Being intrigued and continuously engaged by the subject matter is the key.
As work on the surface begins, this process of scanning for a trigger continues as marks, shapes and textures appear, something will jump out, make itself clear, become intriguing, demanding further investigation or clarification, or simply to remain as it is.

There is not systematised approach to the surface, the medium, or the process, rather there is just working until the eye, the intuition, sees something that provokes a gut reaction. And if this is something that cannot be encapsulated by one work, then a series of works with some kind of relationship evolve.

Juana’s techniques come through practise, and often when some intended result is in mind and not realised, the “mistake” reveals a much more interesting outcome than the original idea.

The most recent work began as a sequence of paintings, stimulated by the walls of buildings and fences, and the range of textures, scars, intended and unintended markings of activity over time, that they exhibit. This involvement seemed to morph into, and be overtaken by an ensuing fascination with the desert landscape on a trip to Broken Hill (Australia). The paintings becoming more ambiguous, being able to be interpreted as landscape, as aerial view, or wall. What appeared as perhaps graffiti, signs, symbols, could also be interpreted as scratchings in a rock surface, and in a further development have now taken on distinct and simplistic human body forms.
This is a process of transformation and evolution".

(an extract from a description and appraisal of Juana’s arts practice by Ren Walters, 2010)