My art practice is an ongoing exploration of the subversive potential of art's aesthetic dimension. Fusing the roles of the artist as maker and critical citizen, I aim to create seductively beautiful works that challenge environmental and social injustices. I wish to engage the viewer by stealth, often by subverting and disrupting ideas of decorative and aesthetic pleasure. Through the 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 fabrics, images, and text.
|Activities||Practice-based research, Workshops, Studio practice|
|Artforms / type of project||Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles|
News & Events
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art
07/09/2014 – 01/03/2015
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Virginia, USA
Group exhibition of 300 artist from 35 countries that each turn a discarded hubcap into a work of art.
Tangled Yarns exhibition blog: https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/tangled-yarns
Sharing thoughts, research and processes involved in working towards my solo exhibition “Tangled Yarns” at William Morris Gallery https://www.a-n.co.uk/blogs/tangled-yarns
15/10/2014 – 25/01/2015
William Morris Gallery, London
Solo exhibition of new work by Alke Schmidt exploring the politics and morality of the textile industry and the cotton trade, from the 18th century to today. Supported by Arts Council England