I have always been curious about how we form our sense of identity. When I make images I am seeking to understand what it is to be human without the identity of my birth. I instinctively feel that there is more to us as creatures than the projected personalities we adopt. So I seek the shared characteristics of Human.. and have started with our relationship to nature…
I am preoccupied with humanity's co-evolution with technology, particularly how the information age is obscuring our collective ability to comprehend the world clearly at the same time as we have initiated epochal ecological and technological changes. But both we and the planet are durable. That rather than being doomed, we are living through the final act of our origin story.
My work often explores an inner world of abstract shapes and what I perceive as an interior landscape. I do not often work from subject matter and will most often start with an initial visualisation or idea in my mind which I will then expand on as I work. While some of my work is purely abstract and non-objective there are often subtle hints at representational imagery, like images glimpsed then forgotten as in a dream.
Creating and exploring maps in various forms is always the basis of my work. I experiment with a variety of approaches, media and influences: abstract expressionism, op art, illustration, site-specific wall-based schematics using cut vinyl, film stills, architectural plans, circuit boards, wall-paper patterns, occult and esoteric symbols, outsider art, the Gothic and representations of the Uncanny in the form of dysfunctional architecture.
In my practice I have been intrigued by the relation of painting and the psychology of spectatorship, due to which the focus on painting developed towards the manipulation of the art-instance, and the possibilities inherent in display regarding the artwork-viewer interaction. MY work has a multidisciplinary approach with focus on painting practice, using contemporary appropriated imagery as a starting point joined with philosophical research, with the emphasis on human and non-human animal relations.
I have been drawing ever since I burst forth, urgent and confused, from a municipal bed into England. Initially I doodled as a way of alleviating childhood angst; now I do it as a way of alleviating angst that’s all grown up and running around with scissors. Working in a variety of media, I parody mass culture by exaggerating formal aspects inherent in our society.
Alicia Roy is a visual artist based in London and born in Spain. Her creative spirit drove her to study fashion design (IED Madrid) and fine arts (Universidad Complutense Bellas Artes) in Madrid. In 2008 she travelled to Berlin, where her artistic production started, getting involved in diverse creative projects. Art has taken her to Torino, Madrid, Chicago, Quito, Vietnam (Hoa Binh and Hue), Colombo and now London.
I'm an abstract illustrator attempting to define the indefinable and express the ineffable using the meagre means of pen, ink, paint, Photoshop, prose and poetry. My work is inspired by shamanism, mysticism, religious experiences, altered states of all descriptions, the psychology of creativity, and the axis upon which mind, body and spirit sit and sometimes coalesce.