Working out of a woodland studio in Bristol UK, Aiyla Beau creates large scale abstract artworks using acrylic, emulsion and gold leaf on canvas or board. After finishing her degree from UWE, Beau has produced work, using many stylistic practices such as hyper-realism, expressionism and urban contemporary as a means of rounding out her artistic experience and relationship with those mediums. All of which play a role in the world of abstract expressionism she now finds herself in.
All of her abstract pieces take inspiration from a condition she lives with called PMDD, (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) a hormonal disorder that can have a profound effect on her emotional state. Cycling around every two weeks this sometimes-debilitating condition can push sufferers to the very edges of the emotional spectrum, which can have devastating effects on many different aspects of daily life.
Although Beau for the most part has her condition under control, there is still an endless tap of inspirational material under the surface, after becoming tired of trying to hide it away for so many years, she decided to embrace it, transmuting all of the emotions and the negative impacts they can have into something beautiful, to give them a place outside of herself exposed for all to see, to make the intangible tangible, and regain agency over them.
These works are laced with emotion and highly evocative to view. Vulnerable and raw, yet somehow balanced and ordered, highlighting the struggle between losing and regaining control over one's inner world.