null G-9NY0T0BFV7

They Inform Us by Alicia Philley

Alicia Philley

(No reviews yet) Write a Review
Adding to cart… The item has been added

Product Overview

They Inform Us
Alicia Philley
Digital media with metal leaf
20”h x 16”w
21”h x 17”w x 1.5”d - framed

My painting practice is rooted in material and process; the possibilities and limitations of acrylics, masking tape and wood inform content. I struggled to connect with the digital medium until I recognized the parallels between it and one of my favorite subjects—fungus. Computer code, like the hyphal tips of mycelium, relies on replication to create forms that have no visual resemblance to their parts. Process followed by applying "behaviors" of fungus to Photoshop manipulations of my painting images. Decay feeding an unplanned yet purposeful growth; stretching, shrinking, symbiosis and fruiting. Each artwork here is one stage in an ongoing transformation.

Get to Know the Austin Artist:
Color is pure energy
It has the power to affect our mood, transform our experiences and emotionally connect us

I use intense color and precise, linear marks to tell stories of our lived environments and their impact on our bodies and minds. My paintings are a mix of abstract expressionism and op-art. This merging of intuitive gestures and rigorous process evolved through my visual and emotional engagement with dense cities and yard-filled towns.

In earlier paintings, created while living in New York, I deconstructed the city through the lens of a suburban kid from Texas. I built extremely horizontal canvases with a minimal palette of rigid linework. Often presented as triptychs, they alluded to the city as religion and the dominance of man-made structures over their creators.

My recent artworks on stained, organically shaped, wood panels, mimic the complexities of nature. These are influenced by the urban forests, seasonal creeks and flowering landscape of my hometown, Austin, TX. I weave reflective acrylic paints over and around wood grain patterns, representing motion, shimmering light, root and fungal networks, and the passage of time. The fluid, grain patterns are a gift. They inform each painting and serve as a reminder  of the need to connect with nature.

These ideas informed my recent project, and outdoor installation of  seventy painted and shaped wood panels for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The site-specific art was developed in reaction to the pandemic. Through the interaction of trees and seasonal light with my colorful forms, I address nature's role in supporting our mental health and what being outdoors can teach us about perception, context and memory.


***Shipping in the continental US is $95, we use a highly qualified art shipper. A custom box is built for the art & insured. Please contact us if you have any questions about the art and/or shipping.



(No reviews yet) Write a Review