“Abjection by its very nature is ambiguous, it both repels and attracts.” (Barbara Creed) 
Alana is a Belfast based painter originally from the North Coast of Ireland. Since graduating Ulster University in Fine Art her paintings have been acquired for public and private 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. Imagery and colour distilled and then diluted provokes the viewer into interpreting the disneyfication of reality. The practice 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.
 Creed, Barbara (1993) The monstrous-feminine: film, feminism, psychoanalysis, – Routledge -p14
2012 | Northern regional, Ballymena | Extended National Diploma Art and Design final exhibition
2014 | University Of Ulster, Belfast | ‘You 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