Alice Wisden

by Saturday, January 1, 2011

Terrific work comes out from Alice. Take a look into her space here.

“I work with unwanted suit cases full of old photos and personal mementos. I have been salvaging my collection since I was a child from jumble sales and the local tip where they have been discarded and are ready to be destroyed.

My dad worked at the tip and always brought home ‘treasures’ for me.”

“I uncover a potential painting by obsessively trawling through the discarded black and white Images from 1850-1950, rapidly becoming acquainted with characters that travel through their life in front of my eyes. I abduct characters who I have developed an affinity with and plant them in my obscured yet familiar landscapes.”

“I was a very shy, voyeuristic child always preferring to listen and observe, this led me to invent and play with lots of characters either toys or pets rather than people. My work is driven by issues of identity and alienation, creating characters in my paintings to form a unit within the identity of the individual viewer which is first formulated then challenged.

I view my characters internal relationship as a family narrative, a violent power struggle to do with dominance. Painting allows me to contain characters permanently frozen in emotionally wrought moments of despair, tormented by a formulated coalition and an alienated outsider. Utilizing graffiti with unabashed clumsiness that appears absurd, comic and disturbing I abruptly corrupt the flow of the pictorial tale, violently disrupting a focal character.

This creates an intimacy between the victim and the viewer through stark alienation. There is a confused alliance of the real and the imagined, my characters have a childish naivety towards violence as though a game is being played and the realms of the canvas are immortal. I question perceptions by disrupting the familiar by invading the stability of Primary themes I can create a sense of moral distrust. When undermining these familiar boundaries a feeling of the uncanny becomes evident.”

6 Responses
  • stan
    January 1, 2011

    no childhood

  • phat
    January 1, 2011


  • veterinary technician
    January 3, 2011

    this post is very usefull thx!

  • pauchan
    January 6, 2011

    hihihihi! so cheap!

  • Ariadna
    July 25, 2012

    wow! thanks for sharing this information!

  • Yona
    September 19, 2014

    Great style. Makes playing look really enjoyable.

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