I explore contrasting experiences of childhood in my work and I want to convey the naïvety we possess as children. I want people from all nations to embark on experiences that the different forms of my work suggest, kindling memories of childhood and play. The feelings created by my work will be different for different people. I want some aspects of it to be playful, naive and comical, whilst others will be more thought provoking.
The playground is an important space and an integral theme in my practice, where I look at different memories and social skills, imagination and psychological trauma felt in these sites of activity and social interaction.
My work offers sensual contrasts: parts feel tactile; others create kinetic experiences in the mind. There are visual contrasts designed to stimulate different kinds of memory, and there are recurring motifs that may take different forms and generate different emotions .The three fingered motif, for example, may appear as a balloon or something darker. Another simple form, the robotic figure, references the human condition as well as modern technology.
I explore the potential of print, concealing and revealing through layering and drawing that become like a game of hide and seek. I like to use old techniques with a modern feel, while also exploring digital advances.
© Alice Irwin 2017