Alison Blickle’s new solo exhibition, titled ‘Supermoon’, is currently hosted at Five Car Garage Gallery, Los Angeles (Oct 21 – Dec 21, 2017).
‘My paintings let me live out fantasies through characters I create. These stories often involve my desire to feel a connection to something bigger than myself– to nature, to my ancestors, or to a sense of spirituality. I’ve created an alter ego who appears as a recurring protagonist in my paintings. This imaginary version of me is who I wish I could be– a strong, fearless hero engaged in exploration and adventures. I like to daydream about living in the woods, being completely at home in the wilderness, and having an intuitive understanding of the living things around me. In reality, when I find myself in a forest or in a desert canyon, I don’t have the profound sense of belonging that I expect. Instead I feel like a spectator in a beautiful, mysterious world that is not mine. It’s too far removed from the world I belong to. A deep connection to nature is at odds with our current culture, but I want to be a part of both of them. An aspect of my work explores the question– how can we stay in touch with the wild parts of ourselves while living within the order of a “civilized” way of life?’ – Alison Blickle