With Alice - PhMuseum

With Alice

Delphine Lewis

2016 - Ongoing

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

At the age of fourteen, Alice began to explore frustrations she faced as a mid-adolescent artist and feminist young woman, through her visual art practice. At sixteen, she developed a keen interest in creating experiential installations to translate her questions concerning community, gender equality, and censorship, into a tangible medium that her viewers too can experience. Most recently, Alice has turned to painting, performance, and photography as a means of exploring her identity and to treat themes of female representation and iconography. With Alice captures how Alice, through painting, performance, and photography, negotiates the obstacles she faces as she continues to shape her identity.

With Alice has two chapters. The first is made up of portraits of Alice’s in process. These are moments of her everyday life, and while she works on her visual art in her studio at home, and at school. The second chapter is dedicated to Alice’s practice of self-discovery and self-representation. With a profound appreciation for 1930s, 40s, and 50s films, Alice paints portraits that blend herself with fictional characters played by her icons, like Judy Garland, Claudette Colbert, and Marylyn Monroe. These portraits personify her ever shifting personality, each one highlighting a specific quality, whether it be bravery or modesty or something else, that together reflect important facets of her identity. Alice uses these paintings as references when she dresses, mimicking their appearance to fuel her mindset for that day. These two chapters capture Alice in two states of performance that come naturally to her: as a mid-adolescent artist driven by the obstacles she faces, and as the personified women she paints.

Alice lives in a world shaped by her own fantasies and creativity, where her artwork extends beyond her practice into her everyday life through dress and performance. At the core of With Alice is representation: my perception of Alice and Alice performing facets of her personality as a means of exploring her identity.

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