1–25 JUNE 2016
Gallery 9 is pleased to present Offerings, the first solo exhibition in Sydney by Melbourne based artist Alice Wormald. Wormald’s meticulously constructed paintings develop through a process of image collection and collage, with a focus on natural elements such as plants and geology. In Offerings she creates compositions derived from found images of flower arrangements. Wormald either wholly or partially removes the original floral motifs, isolating their coloured backdrops, which she then reconfigures through the act of painting. The resulting compositions become a series of discrete parts which the eye is prompted to skirt over and fall into. The works oscillate between the quiet contemplation associated with the language of Ikebana, and a more interrupted way of looking, where background and foreground are upended. With their collisions of disassociated imagery, Wormald creates surreal spaces where abstraction and naturalism converge.
Alice Wormald is based in Melbourne and graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2011. She has held three solo exhibitions at Daine Singer since 2012. Recent group exhibitions include Synthetica (NETS touring exhibition 2015-2016), Atmosphere at Linden New Art (2015), Vertigo (Asialink touring exhibition 2014) and Spring 1883 (2015 and 2014). She has been a finalist in numerous prizes including the City of Albany Art Prize (2015), the Geelong Contemporary Art Prize (2014) and the John Leslie Art Prize (2012 & 2014 – Highly Commended). Her work is included in the Gippsland Art Gallery, Darebin City Council and Joyce Nissan Collections.