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Alice Boyle



Alice's practice involves creating pieces, which have disturbing undertones, while encompassing a beautiful and honest nature within them.

Alice has always been fascinated with the layers of stories that make up the world and individuals, including myths and folklore, which she believes, are ingrained subconsciously in everybody’s psyche. ‘Why do we tend to feel comforted by ancient mythologies and fairytales, when the imagery and content are often horrific? Alice believes that contrasting materials and mixing up media into highly layered and textured images heightens the senses and makes you subconsciously more in tune with your psyche.

She is currently exploring the symbolism and power of dreams and the retreat from reality. 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. Do we feel reassured by ancient tales because we are subconsciously tapping into the collective unconscious?

Aside from the commissioned pieces, Alice starts her pieces from a memory, a feeling or an idea from a dream. She lets the thought manifest itself, until she is confident for it to become a physical image. The picture develops organically, firmly retaining the original atmosphere and truth behind its idea and cathartic process. Alice permeates movement and rhythm in her work, creating vignettes of living fantasy worlds, which act as catalysts for the imagination.My work addresses the majesty of life, death, sorrow, joy and the darker elements which are soulful and enchanted nevertheless.’

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