Final Post


Thank you to everyone for all of your suggestions and compliments during the critique last week. It was reassuring to hear that my work was engaging and to get some honest feedback from all y’all. I forgot to mention in class that the gallery where I’ll be showing is not a traditional white cube. There are three distinctly separated walls (all in a row) where my work will hang. These three walls will serve as boundaries for clustering thematic subsets that appear in this painting series. There will also be one movable wall available for (a) work(s).

I’ve revised the statement that I read in class and decided to ditch the quotations from Heidegger and Lefebvre and am using this as a statement for the LPM gallery website about my show–Please see below:

Alexis Boyle documents carefully-observed sensations and vulnerabilities by emphasizing sensory orifices, and mapping exchanges of information between bodies and environments. The Emotional Monsters painting series can be seen to act as way-losing and way-finding devices that trace feelings and experiences through lived and dreamed disasters and denials.  Boyle’s paintings hint at the singularity and plurality of the human experience, revealed through deliberate explorations of form, texture, colour, and line that stack up to an entire being of accumulated experience—a catastrophe somehow.

Negotiating the space between inspiration and devastation, this body of work explores sexuality, isolation, and participation; people, plants and animals. Boyle’s fascination with natural phenomena such as zombie-ants and star-nosed moles intersects with less linear information gathered from her dreams. These paintings are about navigating physical, social, and psychic terrains by way of the senses. Relationships are explored like landscapes and landscapes like relationships.


I will likely show my tent from the previous critique alongside these paintings in Ottawa. If time permits, I hope to create a few more 3D textile objects (similar to the bird) from images and forms in the paintings. Eventually I look forward to creating an entire world inhabited with objects, wearables, nest-like coves, and environments to explore. I forsee my thesis exhibition as one room dedicated to a transformation that is intended to be explored, interacted with and enjoyed and another room (or walls) outside of this space where drawings, paintings, photo, (and possibly video) documentation will be displayed.

I’m feeling really good about the semester and am happy to have gotten my hands dirty with paint again in this last project. I’d like to maintain a painting and drawing practice while continuing to create 3D textile structures and objects. I definitely need to get an Organic vapor extractor for oil painting at home, but until then, I think I’ll dip back into inks and watercolours.

In the last few years, it has been a bit of a struggle for me to explain what exactly my work is about. I have acted spontaneously and without question, diving into materials and thematic explorations but have not actively written alongside my studio practice. Since the beginning of this program, I have begun to write more often about what I am making and why I am doing it. I’ve become much more critical of my own work and am constantly asking myself what is the purpose of creating yet another piece of artwork to put out into the world.

I’m inspired by activist and political art that has a clear message about the state of society, social interactions, increasingly virtual communication (and loss of tactile bodily commications and explorations) the environment, and the world. I forsee my future work to involve much more planning and research in order to convey a clearer message to viewers/participants. Rather than simply puzzling passer by’s with wacked alternatives to the status quo. As a community-minded cultural producer with an interest in public spaces and public good, I feel as though I owe it to the world to work on my editing skills before presenting/displaying just anything that I happen to make.

Lesson of the year: Edit. Edit again. Proof read. Get someone else to look at it. Edit it again, and then put it out into the public.

Thank you all for a fantastic semester and your wonderful work!


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