Alke Schmidt


'The critical function of art, its contribution to the struggle for liberation, resides in the aesthetic form.' (Herbert Marcuse, 1978) My art practice is an ongoing exploration of the subversive potential of art's aesthetic dimension. I aim to create seductively beautiful works to convey themes that centre around environmental and social justice, ranging from the effects of economic growth on climate change to cultural politics in my local borough. Through my work I wish to engage the viewer by stealth, often by subverting and disrupting ideas of decorative and aesthetic pleasure. Through my use of media and colour I seek to heighten the tensions created by the coexistence of subject matter and final image, combining traditional with modern media and incorporating found images, text, and fabrics. read full statement

Location London
Artforms Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles