Alice Gilbert

Identity Crisis

Painting

My series of oil paintings on varying sizes of wooden boards captures the struggle to find a sense of self and identity, particularly throughout adolescence.

The layered, cartoonish style of the paintings, inspired by works of Jean Michael Basquiat, create a physical representation of the confusing psychological process of maturing into an individual. I have used oil paints, pastels, paint sticks, a dremel and ink to create a range of different coloured works, which vary from each other. The style of colour and layering was inspired by works of Robert Rauschenberg. The audience is invited to consider their own identity, reflecting on the processes and influences involved in becoming the person they are today.