Coming Alive is a new body of work by Edinburgh-based artist Alice Boyle. For many years Alice Boyle has sketched following her daily meditation routine, creating odd and often distorted creatures that come streaming to mind as soon as the pencil hits the paper. In the spring of 2018 she began to bring these characters to life, creating a unique world that is as strange as it is familiar.
Psychoanalyst Carl Jung said that there were things in his dreams that came from somewhere beyond himself: the collective unconscious. Jung claimed that while the collective unconscious is common to all human beings, it is genetically inherited and not shaped by personal experience. Boyle believes we can delve into this realm through sleep, meditation, prayer, ritual or creativity. It's where all the world's mythologies come from, making it both frightening and comforting at the same time.
"I am inspired by the power of dreams, mythology and the collective unconscious. I use textures, vivid colours, shapes, symbols and layering techniques, aiming to stimulate the senses while exploring the eternal and intrinsic search for individual wholeness through the process of art and creativity."
Alice Boyle was born in Scotland and gained a Masters in Interior Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art. In 2006 she co-directed, the internationally acclaimed Graffiti Project at Kelburn Castle near Largs.
"The painter Alice Boyle has developed a style and artistic language that she has made entirely her own." Giles Sutherland, The Times (2017)