Alexis Soul-Gray

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Year 2024
Medium Oil on found paper
Dimensions 30 x 21 cm

About the work

My practice is an attempt to understand and to reconcile the relationship between the found image, painting and personal loss. I am drawn to the staged format of studio photography, the faked bucolic backgrounds, unnatural lighting, perfect clothes and forced pained grins. My works are often described as a communication between my mother and I, little girls and women of childbearing age are removed through processes such as tearing and cutting, rubbing, scratching and bleaching.
I allow them to commune together, I seek comfort in the repeated act of their reunion. Cut-out children, removed from their first contexts of smiling family parties and mother’s arms, are held instead by the colour-soaked, tear-streaked work of art. There is violence in this gesture but also the intention to care and to repair.

Career Highlights

Permanent Collection – Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Awards: Elizabeth Greenshields foundation grant 2021 & 2022

Recent solo exhibitions:
Pink Skipping Rope, The Arts Club, London (2024);
Immutable Fragments, Bel Ami, Los Angeles (2023);
Dancing in the Dark, Liminal Gallery, Margate (2023);
Screen Memory, Wetterling gallery, Stockholm (2022);
Come Dressed in Blue, Irving Contemporary, Oxford (2022);
Straw Girl, Exeter Phoenix Gallery, Exeter (2022);
Love with no place to go, Delphian Gallery, London (2021);
Blue Eyes, South Combe Barn, Devon (2021);
No Place like Home, Liminal Gallery (online) (2021).

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