Alice Browne’s practice draws on ideological conflicts and cross-disciplinary visual cues picked up during periods of research and travel as well as observations of her own environment. A labyrinthine journey of thought results in a playful making process that is similarly allowed to wander. Passing themes and symbols combine with an enduring interest in epic stories (such as the history of painting), and the desire of humans to elicit control over our futures. Realised over a period of time without a planned outcome, her works are able to reflect the physical location of their production and/or exhibition as well as employing thoughts and influences gained over the time of their creation.
Browne's practice is predominantly 2D based, working with painting, drawing, printmaking and collage across a variety of surfaces and scales but also expands into photography, sculpture and installation. The 2D works often describe obscure imaginative spaces which appear to adhere to the rules of gravity and perspective whilst outwardly ignoring them, resulting in a complex network of forms that flip between object and image. Underlying her research is a notion that physical experiences take place in collaboration with a network of secondary and imaginative sources resulting in an intoxicating, partly fictional, reality. Phenomenological experience meets imaginative thought; language and fantasy mingle with memory – especially that of literature, computer games and film.
"I want to capture some of this bitter-sweet chaos and connective thought and turn it into a visual thing that takes time to experience and 'read'. Our experiences of information are altered by a plethora of things - emotional state, the film we saw last night, whether I had my glasses on or not. There is no perfection, no truth; instead I hope to make works that create a tactile experience that embraces the mutability and failings of human experience."