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Alice Fox

Artist statement

My process-led practice is based on personal engagement with landscape.  I have always been fascinated by the detail of organic things and the work that I produce celebrates and carries an essence of what I experience in the natural world. My background in physical geography and nature conservation underpins my artistic practice.

I work with natural fibres and gathered materials, employing natural dye techniques, print, stitch and weave in different combinations to create surfaces and structures. Found items, their identity often a mystery because of the action of the elements, form the focus of my response to a landscape. I take an experimental approach to these found items: by engaging with the materials that I find, manipulating them and experimenting, I learn about their properties, boundaries and possibilities. This exploration becomes a collaboration between object and artist.

I am concerned with embodiment of landscape rather than direct representation. Each piece can be seen as a small record of a walk: a journey or moment from a particular place. The works I produce are contemplative and quiet, but look closely and you’ll discover there is complex activity; patterns can appear both random and organized. Look again and there is something new to discover.

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