The Introspect Exploration

'Introspect" explores the conflict between my mental and physical state within an oppressed space. This series examines letting go of control and allowing feelings and emotions towards external spaces to come forth through painting. By filling the canvas with unrefined brushstrokes, patterns and vibrant colours, it allows the viewer’s eye to be in constant motion and it transports them into my space. These introspective paintings create a continuous dialogue between me and the spaces I feel submerged in. Each figure within these paintings resides in a different space, the spaces represents my feelings of pressure both externally and internally. Pressure from within my domestic home and my homeland Barbados, and how it affects me mentally. In these paintings I tried to capture my vulnerability, confinement and anxiety, and the idea of what that emotional ‘space’ would look like. There is contradiction between the Jungle-esque patterns, dizzying lines, energetic layering of colour and the stagnant figure that lives encapsulated within.

                                       Artist Statement

Alanis Forde

Instagram: Alanis.art_

 Introspect: Oppressed Oil on Canvas 20x30 inches 2017

Introspect: Oppressed
Oil on Canvas
20x30 inches

What kind of art do you do?
Expressionistic realism portraiture (still finding my own style...)

How did you get started?
My secondary school art tutor saw potential in me and placed me in the art class and I’ve been creating ever since.

What or who inspired you?
I’m inspired mainly by the Baroque era and art history. Artists like Raphael, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Manet, Kahlo, Dalí, Warhol, Ofili... just to name a few.

How do you work?
For one, I need good music before starting anything. I work fairly quickly as well. It’s like, a need to paint comes over me and I just do it, which usually results in me finishing a painting in a day or two (depending on the size). I start my process by doing research and writing. I rarely sketch.

How has your practice changed over time?
I’ve become less unsure of myself when starting a piece.

What’s integral to your work as an artist?
That, there’s a strong reaction from the audience.

What has been a seminal experience in your career?
Traveling to Venice last year for the Biennial.

 Introspect: Encapsulated  Oil on Canvas 26x40 inches 2018

Introspect: Encapsulated

Oil on Canvas 26x40 inches 2018

What’s your favorite piece from your collection?
I have no favorites, but I do like some works more than others in terms of being conceptually strong whereas others are just ... “pretty.”

Where does your inspiration come from when you are working?
I get inspired by so many things, it’s never one individual thing. Something as simple as looking through Pinterest and seeing a drawing of a geometric flower can inspire me.

Do you have different inspirations for each piece?
All my work explores the same concept, so no. Although my mood does affect each piece.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Haven’t gotten that yet.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
I don’t have an end goal per se... I’m taking everything day by day and seeing where that leads me. But it would be great to be financially stable from my work.

What message would you like to convey through your art?
My work is personal. I’m not trying to educate but hopefully my work resonates with the audience.

What obstacles have you faced as an artist?
Being an artist in Barbados, where there aren’t many “art” spaces. I believe I’ve been very lucky to have supportive parents and persons who’ve bought and commissioned work from me. Social media has also been a great platform for me to advertise my work as well.

 Introspect: “I Feel Quiet Here”  Oil on Canvas 12x14 inches 2018

Introspect: “I Feel Quiet Here”

Oil on Canvas 12x14 inches 2018

 Introspect: Daze Oil on Canvas 20x30 inches 2018

Introspect: Daze
Oil on Canvas
20x30 inches