Biography / Artist statement
Alice Wilson's approach to work involves travel into new landscapes as well as familiar ones, taking photographs that might end up pasted onto the surface of a work, in a reference to memory, or the postcard. Sometimes she places works back into the landscape, creating work that is holistic with its surroundings. She often references architectural features in the places they exhibit – paintings are made to mimic the size of windows or they break up spaces by repeating columns of timber with sculptures. This doesn’t make the work site-specific, it’s rather a tool used to highlight the dialogues between inside and outside, or emphasise the relationship of the work to the location.
Alice works with construction timber, plaster, photography and paint, as well as often improvising with materials to realise ideas. Landscape is used in her practice as a medium through which to discuss concerns with experience, access and expectation. The work’s interrogation of how we negotiate landscape functions as an allegory to educational, political and social structures.
Alice received an M.A. in Fine Art, in 2011 from Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, and a BA Hons 1st Class in 2005, from the Loughborough University School of Art and Design. Completing a residency in Aarhus, Denmark during May 2018 supported by the British Council, Alice returned to Aarhus in October for a significant Solo Exhibition Goat Moth at Godsbanen. Previous exhibitions include HarderEdge at the Saatchi Gallery, London, Dec 2018 Painting and Other Bad Habits at Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Nov 2018 Unlearning a Solo Exhibition with DOLPH projects, London, Sept 2017, and Recreational Grounds, a public intervention in a disused South London car park, April 2018.
In 2019 Alice installed four significant works at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park for the 2019-20 programme, exhibited with domobaal gallery as part of the group exhibition Backyard Sculpture and installed my largest work to date at Thames Side Studios Gallery for the group exhibition Modern Finance. She presented the solo exhibition ISLAND with JGM Gallery in September 2019 and in the summer of 2019 presented the solo exhibition Gated Community with Glass Cloud Gallery. In December 2019 she co-curated the exhibition HABITAT Artists Making Furniture or Things That Might Be Confused As Furniture with Dominic Beattie.