ALICE CLEMENTS

I work in many mediums and disciplines; paint, printmaking, collage, sculpture but my subject matter predominately stays the same.  Picasso once said that ‘women are machines for suffering,’ and any woman artist had to have been a lesbian. I visited the Picasso1932 - Love Fame Tragedy exhibition by the Tate in July 2018, which documented Picasso’s paintings in 1932. I realize that this was back in the early to mid 1900s when women, let alone women artists, found it hard to be respected. 

 

Although the world has changed since then, the misogynist way of thinking still exists.  My work is fuelled by this history of women in art. As artists we can address issues head on, through visual means. As a female artist, I can focus on taboos which aren’t addressed enough in society but are experienced by us everyday. These include gender, sexuality, fertility, the body, abortion, life, death; the list goes on. 

 My work centralises around the human form, I change it, suggesting to the viewer different ways of thinking and seeing certain issues. I am questioning the attitudes and behaviour of unwritten rules and norms in society. When the body or face is decontextualized into shapes, patterns and blocks of colour, it has the ability to be or convey something else.