Alex Roberts is a British artist that lives and works between Berlin and the UK. She is an artist who works with paint and translucence; addressing paintings’ surface and spatial depth. Testing the sliding scale of figuration and abstraction, her focus is how we perceive identity and change - encounters.
Exploring the relationship between what we see and what we feel, the work invites the viewer to question their own perceptions, while hinting at a narrative, or capturing moments in the lives of others. The candid enquiry often exposes polarized, human states. Currently she is exploring the tensions between what is public and what is private: how, in today’s digital world, appearance often contrasts with reality and sociability belies intimacy.
Research aims: her objective is to open a conversation (seeking to spark social exchange) rather than make a statement. As a painter she pursues extending the 2-dimensional arena. Not only with practical understanding of the application, materiality of paint, use of grounds, plethora of surfaces, and layering, but equally, in challenging, pushing and questioning what painting can be, and where it can take the spectator.
Alongside exploring the in-between slippages of her painted subjects and painting’s materiality, Roberts has an acute awareness for how her works are installed, often implicating or staging the viewer as protagonist.
Roberts completed her MAFA at Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, 2015. Recent exhibitions: Choices, The Edge, University of Bath (2015, solo), group shows: Connect: Katowice, The Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, The Room is the Resonator, The Old Police Station, Art Licks Weekend & Deptford X Fringe Festivals, After Projects (2016), Disstemma 7, The Crypt Gallery, London (2015), and being shortlisted for HIX Award 2016, CNB Gallery and Unit London (finalist), The Red Mansion Art Prize, Beijing/London (2016), Contemporary Visions VI, Beers London (2015).