Approved: 08.02.2021

Alice Banfield

Artist

Approved: 08.02.2021

My practice explores my experiences as an autistic person, I use this narrative to deconstruct misconceptions of autism. I am interested in how the language used by some organizations portray autism as a disease. Before I established my practice, I engaged in several online debates with the anti-vaccination movement; who strongly believe vaccinations cause autism. Despite research proved that there is no link between vaccinations and autism, some have attempted to “cure” autism with pseudo-medicine; specifically Mineral Miracle Solution (which contains Chlorine Dioxide.)

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Artist Statement

My practice explores my experiences as an autistic person, I use this narrative to deconstruct misconceptions of autism. I am interested in how the language used by some organizations portray autism as a disease. Before I established my practice, I engaged in several online debates with the anti-vaccination movement; who strongly believe vaccinations cause autism. Despite research proved that there is no link between vaccinations and autism, some have attempted to “cure” autism with pseudo-medicine; specifically Mineral Miracle Solution (which contains Chlorine Dioxide.)

Currently, I am exploring 'safe spaces;' how I engage in enviroments I consider overly sensory and socially invested. This was informed by my previous residency at ARCADE/CAMPFA; which was located in one of Cardiff's main shopping centres. During the residency, I became aware that some of the public space was introducing ways to accommodate autistic people by introducing the "autism hour." 

CV & Education

B. 1996 / based in Cardiff, Wales.

Education

2015/2018 | BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Reading, First Class Honours.

2014/2015 | Foundation Diploma studies, Cardiff Arts Academy, Distinction.

Residencies

APR 2019 | ARCADE//CAMPFA, Cardiff, UK.

AUG 2018 | The Rising Sun Art Centre, Reading, UK.

Exhibitions

2020

JAN | TSOTA/CURATORSPACE CHRISTMAS FAIR, online exhibition.   

JAN | CARDIFF M.A.D.E WINTER SHOW, Cardiff, UK.

OCT | BEEP PAINTING BIENNIAL, Swansea, UK.

MAY | WORLD SERIES SD, CA, USA.

2019

APR | 12ØCOLLECTIVE: 30/30, online exhibition.

SEP | WHILE SUPPLIES LAST: MUSEUM EDITION, WA, USA.

SEP | OPENING THE DIALOGUE, The Canvas Café, London, UK.

NOV | WALKING WITH MY EYES, ARCADE//CAMPFA, Cardiff, UK.

2018

FEB | WOAHHH WE’RE HALFWAY THERE! University of Reading, Reading, UK.

JUN | A+E: UNIVERSITY OF READING DEGREE SHOW, Reading, UK.

Awards

2020

AUG | CURATORSPACE ARTIST BURSARY #8