Alice Wormald creates paintings out of a compulsion to construct strange natural spaces where surface and depth, representation, abstraction, naturalism and 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.
Alice Wormald is an artist based in Melbourne who has held multiple solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, most recently ‘Inversion Scenes’ (2017) at Daine Singer and ‘Offerings’ (2016) at Gallery 9, Sydney. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Gardening is not a Rational Act’ curated by Tai Snaith at c3 Contemporary Art Space, ‘Visiting Painting’ at Horsham Regional Art Gallery and ‘Imagined Worlds’ at the Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery. She has been a finalist in many prizes including the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2014) and the Darebin Art Prize (2016). Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.