2 – 19 September: Alice Blackley – Thinking About Making Art And Making Art About Thinking (Mindfulness in Painting)

GALLERY 1:

Alice Blackley, Focus on Being in the Present Moment, 2015, mixed medium, 38x26cm

Alice Blackley, Stay in the Moment, 2015, mixed medium, 38x26cm

Historically, the shape of a circle represents eternity. For Melbourne based artist Alice Blackley it represents wholeness. “I use the circle as my symbol for an empty mind whilst meditating. I write the word ‘focus’ inside the circle as a form of mantra.”

Using a technique that she has refined over the number of years the text is written in a way to create volume, the sense of which is enhanced with a final touch of airbrushing adding a three dimensional effect. Her aim is to express the concept of mindfulness in the form of meditation.

“My work is visceral and as a contrast to the detailed aspect, I use a lightheartedness, almost primitive script to express the context of the work. This creates a tightness and a loose tension which is ultimately a reflection of my character.”

Blackley has a Masters of Arts from Goldsmiths College, London. She has exhibited extensively in New Zealand in both solo and group shows. This is her first Melbourne exhibition.

www.aliceblackley.co.nz