She is researching the neo-conceptual division of art and politics from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. Often derided for its populism and social apathy, she questions whether this moment might be more telling of the gradual neo-liberal undoing of Britain’s left still palpable today. She is writing about objects that engage with what she perceives as the notion of the "impolitical" produced in Glasgow, the North of England and London.
Bea holds a Master's degree in History of Art from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation 'From Subject, to Object, to Chicken: Making Sense of Material in Chaim Soutine' received the department prize for best in cohort. She also holds a first class Bachelor's degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Bea is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.