1 March 2019 - 1 April 2019
Alice Alva is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and designer based in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington, New Zealand, who works across drawing and illustration, embroidery and textiles, painting and graphic design. Her work is informed by an interest in patterns, ornamentation, architecture and craft-based processes. Alva has exhibited her work across Australia and New Zealand, including Wallace Gallery, Toi Poneke, RM Gallery and Dunedin Public Art Gallery’s Rear Window Project. She was also a finalist in this year’s Wallace Art Prize and the Parkin Drawing Prize 2018.
A collection of new embroidery works, Pictorial Architecture is an exploration of the physicality of drawing with thread, that considers the spatial relationships of colour, shape and texture. These pieces are informed by the materiality and acts of labour and process employed by traditional embroidery techniques. Alva is driven by the obsessive act of repetition and is interested in the intersection between art and craft and the act of making, exploring what seems to be a very human need to decorate the spaces we live in. Pictorial Architecture examines the connections between the traditions of textiles, pattern making, domestic crafts, ornamentation and contemporary drawing.
Image: THIS IS THE ONE (2018), Alice Alva