Portrait by Malachy McCrudden

ABOUT

“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 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 old photographic material, primarily based on young people integrated with organic forms.

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

 

Exhibitions

2012 | Northern regional, Ballymena Extended National Diploma Art and Design final exhibition

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

2015 | Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast | Arts and Culture members exhibition

2016 | University Of Ulster, Belfast Fine Art degree show

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

2016 | Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast ‘False Paradise’ (solo show)

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

2018 | Vault Artist Studios, Belfast Member’s exhibition

2018 | Ulster Museum, Belfast Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition 

2019 | The Black Box, Belfast ‘Dreamed of Places’ – Solo show – Jan 3rd – Feb 3rd

2019 | The Braid, Ballymena Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year – 1st place – Jan 7th – Feb 9th

2019 | The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast | ‘Sparks’ – Collaborations from inside Vault Artist Studios  Jan 17th – Jan 24th

2019 | Milennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown | ‘Cast’ – Group show  April 6th – May 18th

 

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