Reeds Japan

Registration Number
1113-1-1
Maker
Type of Object
Medium
Oil on linen
Collection
Height
87.00cm
Width
87.00cm
When Made
2014
Public Description: 

Alice Wormald creates paintings out of a compulsion to construct strange natural spaces where surface and depth, representation and abstraction and naturalism and artifice converge. The works often develop through a process of image collection and collage with a focus on natural imagery such as rocks, plants and geological formations. These images are reconfigured to create a compelling encounter with depth, object and landscape. By accentuating and distorting formal elements such as composition and scale, the pictorial space is disrupted, demanding intense observation up close while simultaneously directing the viewer to make sense of the ‘landscape’ before them.

Her source imagery is often derived from photographs in nature journals. Curator Claire Watson in the Asialink/BLINDSIDE exhibition catalogue for 'Vertigo' writes: 'Within her work we see real and imagined geological formations and flora. The strangeness engendered through this process is one of subtle disorientation.' (2014, p.12)

Image © Alice Wormald.

Makers Statement: 
The work that I make is created out of a compulsion to present strange spaces where surface and depth, representation and abstraction and naturalism and artifice converge. The layered pictorial elements disrupt the experience of illusionistic space, demanding intense observation up close while simultaneously directing the viewer to make sense of the “landscape” before them. This is suggestive not of the panorama, historically associated with an ideal, organised and understood nature, but of the occluded view, a secluded and sensual space where distance is concealed and danger lurks. The natural elements are not presented as pristine natural forms, but are instead cut, reassembled and carefully reconfigured to mimic the format of a landscape, exposing an unsettling hybrid which locates itself in the psychological rather than the physical and reflects upon the contested distinction between what is natural and what is real.