The Inward Journey is a concept show by Jotta member Alice Boyle, who has asked five people of very different interests to name each of her paintings. Each painting will be exhibited with the five titles displayed on the walls, but without reference to whose title is whose.
As part of the exhibitions concept, Alice has five people of extremely different interests naming each of her paintings. These titles will be displayed anonymously next to each image, potentially making the show interactive, and, encouraging discussion. Titling the paintings will be: Christopher Balfour, former head of Christies Europe for 5 years, Dr Oliver Jackson who has little experience of the art world, Elisa Segrave, the renowned author of, ‘The Diary of a Breast’, Ruby and Chilli Holt, sisters of ages 6 and 8 working together and Alice herself.
A new collection of mixed media paintings, which are inspired by Alice’s continuing interest in the power of myth and dreams, the use of textures and contrasts and the search for individual wholeness through religion, mythology and art.
Carl Gustav Jung once said that there were things in his dreams that came from somewhere beyond himself, ‘The Collective Unconscious’, which he claimed held the entire psychic heritage of mankind. Alice’s practice explores this belief and questions the importance of myth to humankind in the demythologized world we now inhabit.
Alice believes that, by using textures and contrasts within her work, heightens ones senses and makes one more in tune with their psyche, encouraging a deeper engagement with each piece. Her paintings are created in the image of how dreams are made; Objects and images from the material world, mixed with the deepest desires and fears of the human, entangled with elements from the subconscious. Alice loosely plans her paintings letting them be experimental and surprising, developing through a layering technique with plaster and colour, building identity in the process.
Alice permeates movement and rhythm into her work, sometimes playing with poignant symbols and colours yet chooses not to relay scenes from old mythological imagery. ‘I want to touch upon the atmosphere of stories and dreams, creating vignettes of living fantasy worlds, which may act as catalysts for the imagination. My work stresses the value of the human imagination and fantasy, which I believe should not be seen as merely fictitious but taken seriously as a metaphor for reality.
The Bedfordbury Gallery, 3 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London, WC2N4BP. Running from the 15th - 21st May 2012.