Date Born
Place of Birth
New Zealand
Year Arrived in Australia
Born in Auckland, New Zealand 1987. Lives and works in Melbourne. 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. Alice Wormald completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Ordinary Picture (2014) and Occluded View (2012) at Daine Singer, In the Unreal Air at Blindside (2012), and Wayside & Hedgerow at Shifted Gallery (2010). She has participated in group exhibitions including Vertigo, Galeri Soemardja, Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia; Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Taipei, Taiwan (2014); Synthetica, NETS Australia, touring (2015), New Horizons at Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale (2013) and Debut VII at Blindside (2011). She has received the Fiona Myer Award, the Casama Group Award and has been a finalist in awards such as The Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, The Banyule Award for Works on Paper and the John Leslie Prize for Landscape Painting. Her work is held in collections including the Fiona Myer, Joyce Nissan and Gippsland Art Gallery collections.