Portrait by Malachy McCrudden


“Abjection by its very nature is ambiguous, it both repels and attracts.” (Barbara Creed) [1]

Alana is visual artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating Ulster University in 2016 her paintings have been acquired for public collections including The University of Ulster and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2018 and 2019 she was selected for the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition and in January 2019 won Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year.

Staged within a created reality the artwork is based around the exploration of abjection and the child – an extension of the feminine. The practice also draws upon Baudrillard’s theory of the simulacrum and the speculative relationship between what is real and what is imaginary.

The paintings deal with a hyper reality using both figurative and abstract elements that explore the use of movement and colour to convey ideas of dream like states and alternative realities. Taking inspiration from alternative cultures, nature and consciousness; sourcing from photographic material, primarily based on young people integrated with organic forms.

[1] Creed, Barbara (1993) The monstrous-feminine: film, feminism, psychoanalysis, – Routledge -p14


Selected Exhibitions

2019-20 | Ulster Museum, Belfast Royal Ulster Academy 138th annual exhibition – October 16th – January 5th

2019 | Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown | ‘Cast’ – Group show

2019 | The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast | ‘Sparks’ – Collaborations from inside Vault Artist Studios

2019 | The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year – 1st place

2019 | The Black Box, Belfast ‘Dreamed of Places’ – Solo Show

2018 | Ulster Museum, Belfast Royal Ulster Academy 137th annual exhibition

2017 | Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast | ‘Advans-t’, graduate group show

2016 | Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast ‘False Paradise’  – Solo Show

2016 | Tivoli Barber Shop, Belfast | ‘Le Salon des Diplômés’ group exhibition

2016 | University Of Ulster, Belfast | Fine Art degree show

2014 | University Of Ulster, BelfastYou Could Talk Less’ Professional practice exhibition



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