ALICE OLIVER

Finalist Carte Blanche Students 2022

Royal College of Art - London, England

Biography

Alice Oliver (b. 1998), is a research-driven visual artist and writer whose practice focuses on our relationships to our surrounding natural landscape, and within a contemporary feminist discourse, provides a retelling of the deeply intimate connections between human and non-human nature. In an ongoing lyrical exploration into the relationship between the ancient landscape surrounding her and photography's materiality, Alice unveils the natural cycles and suppressed narratives by visualising the rituals of the female body.

Fallen by the wayside
Fallen by the wayside
Fallen by the wayside

Fallen by the wayside

Abortion and contraception are by no means modern interventions. For millennia, women have utilised a variety of plants to control and regulate their fertility. By unveiling lost narratives, and visualising the rituals of the sexual and reproductive female body, ancient knowledge that was stripped from women, in the face of modern medicine, is revealed. This investigation seeks to awaken us from our latent and patriarchal origins that deemed these skills of caring, healing, and maintaining women’s bodies, a threat to those in power. The majority of the images in this body of work are made through a camera-less, moon-based technique that Alice developed and called lunargrams. Made by placing light-sensitive paper directly into the hedgerows and waysides, or placing the collected plants onto the paper, and exposing them to the light of the full moon.