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MA Photography

Alice Oliver

+44 (0)7803399147

@aliceoliverphotography

Photography (MA)

Alice Oliver is a visual artist, curator, and writer working with photography, moving image, and installation. She recently completed BA Photography in the Arts at Swansea College of Art with a 1st Class Honours, where she was awarded a curatorial internship with Elysium Gallery. Alice is now completing a Master’s in Photography at the Royal College of Art. Alice recently won the South West Collective’s Pandemic in Pictures Prize 2020 and has recently had a zine, Somewhere & Nowhere, published by Another Place Press.

Alice's practice focuses on the human's role in relation to their surrounding environment and landscape, reflecting on our sense of place, telling an underlying narrative of human presence or existence. Her work touches on her own identity whilst dissecting the rural interactions through the study of found artefacts, texts, videos, and sounds from her surroundings. Alice’s current ongoing work is a methodical investigation and a lyrical exploration into the rural and the duality of the illusions and existence of nature in what is becoming an ever urban world. By making the unseen seen, she exposes the intricacies of the unknown and the fate of not preserving the base of everything, the soil from which we come. The work becomes a study of Britain’s drifting and often conflicted relationship with its own landscape, whilst investigating some of Britain’s darker and more hidden histories or superstitions, investigating how the rural is often portrayed - existing outside of modernity. Through these ongoing explorations, the work has become an investigation into the duality of Alice's own relationship with the countryside, searching for some way to express this underlying unsettledness of the postcard countryside dream and the contradictory nature of society’s relationship to the rural.

 

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Were it to exist

In the presence of their remains

Polished smooth by the layers of time

Engraved in a forgotten place

of soil and sediment

Shaped by the transient time exposed

Like soft veiled figures in windows

Projecting faint rays into the fading light

Curtains hang, solid

Disintegrating into a muted void

An obscure fluorescence permeates from the domain

Darkness cannot exist outside of the light

Forecasting the illusion of the ideal

Fossilised

Light acquiesces to the contour of the night

Partial and permanent

The presence of absence

And the absence of presence

A fly on the wall

Pressed to the glass

The truth unveiled

Dissolving into nothingness

Other than as a scattered dying hallucination

were it to exist

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common ground

Landscape

Narrative

Poetry

Conceptual

Place

Rural

Enviroment

Body

British