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.