17565 NCG Alice Ralph Freeman Catalogue 36pp+4pp Issuu 1


New Craftsman Gallery 2017

A collaborative exhibition featuring works on paper, etchings, watercolours and sculpture

Two perceptions of a world: The one in monochrome, the other in colour.

The one an underlying obsession to explore and discover the intricacies and complexities of organic form no matter how seemingly simple, the other to explore and reduce, the broader sense of landscape.

Both investigate the natural world with its aesthetic revelations, which through the process of drawing become more apparent. Both rely on the surprise that can be found when the obvious, or that which we now see but otherwise took for granted, reveals itself in a strange and new way or perspective.

”Alice Freeman’s work focuses primarily on what she calls ‘the dark edge of beauty’. Through both sculpture and exquisitely detailed metal plate etchings, she explores the textural qualities of natural and biological forms, creating works that are at once visually appealing and oddly disturbing…

Alice’s thought provoking pieces are as much about the phenomenon of viewer response as the forms that inspire them.

Ideas of the incongruous and intrusive are themes which run throughout her sculptural work, while ideas of decomposition and the erosion of form are reflected in the corrosive, metal plate etching techniques she uses to create her images.“

– Mercedes Smith, Masters in the Making, 2017


A.F. My work deals with tactile and textural forms that emerge through the manipulation of materials transforming them into a space that both repels and attracts.

With a focus on repetition, texture and mark making, layers are built up and then stripped back, starting the process over again.

R.F. Although I work and exhibit mainly with oils, watercolour is something I use both as a stage towards oil painting, and, in it’s own right. Entering into its fluid world can be a relief from the ongoing battle with oil paint. In watercolour much depends on speed and directness and this immediacy and its practicality make it a useful travelling companion. I can hold down the idea, observation, or, emotion in an often limited time span.

Why I turn to this medium is because of its instant responsiveness, transparency, and its continuing conversation between pigment paper and water, influenced by sun temperature and location.

It allows for no hesitancy and can never be totally controlled or manipulated, like walking a tight rope to find the balance between what the paint and water wants and my intent.


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