Alex Roberts: Individual Liberty
By Mark Kebble on November 30th 2011
British artist Alex Roberts has, since November 3, been holding her new series of works, Individual Liberty, at the Gt. Guildford Business Square in South East London. There's just enough time to catch the end of this wonderful series, which vibrantly and playfully celebrates the unsung beauty of fearlessness.
Through her paintings, Alex highlights how vulnerability is not a weakness: to allow ourselves to be vulnerable is to possess the confidence to let go of our own and others' preconceptions, and therefore free ourselves of society's constraints. Alex applies humour and fantastical imagery to express such truths and uses them as a tool to reveal the true essence of the human character, the individual that lies behind this veil of self assurance.
The exhibition offers the viewer the opportunity to introspectively view their own personal world, examining how we deal with our own subjectivity. Alex has likened her concept to a pictorial expression of Doris Lessing's notion that 'writing about oneself, one is writing about others, since our problems, pains, pleasures, emotions - and your extraordinary and remarkable ideas - can't be yours alone'.
Alex is a supporter of the Time to Change campaign, which aims to put an end to the stigma attached to mental health issues. The works in her forthcoming exhibition mirror the ambitious objectives of the campaign by communicating the idea that accepting both our own and others' differences would give us all the chance to flourish: "We don't need flawless robots. We need human beings with rough edges." (Sue Baker, Director, Time to Change)
Pictured: Suppertime (Dr. Footlights), Showgirl series' 2009-10 Oil on linen, 120 x 130cm
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