Alice, Interrupted is a new series of works exploring the extreme state of vulnerability that a child is exposed to as a dependant, and the symptomatic affects that these early experiences have on the psyche. Childhood objects, prints, drawings, photographs and audiovisual installations draw on a reoccurring sensation of helplessness and the desire for transformation as escape. Neither defined as a figment of the imagination nor a representation of some form of reality, Alice oscillates between pronoun, noun or proper noun––all of which lead to questions probing at an internalised traumatic neurosis. By opening up personal experiences to the public through an iconic narrative, the exhibition gives agency and validation to intense emotional and psychological states that are often suppressed in an attempt to subscribe to normative views, resisting shame and judgement. Alice, Interrupted discovers that there is the possibility of reasserting control through externalisation, and that the work allows one to express, recognise and thereby come to terms with bodily and emotional suffering.
Brooke Leigh is a multi-disciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. By investigating repressed memories and anxiety through processes of drawing, her work explores how the performative act or event can become a cathartic experience. Leigh recently completed her Master of Fine Art degree at the Sydney College of the Arts (USYD) and LUCA School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium). Her live performance entitled, Drawn-Out was held at MCA ARTBAR curated by Julie Rrap (2017), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and New Contemporaries (2018), SCA Galleries, Sydney College of the Arts. Leigh’s recent publications as author include ‘Moving Marks’, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art 115 (Winter 2016) Massachusetts: MIT Press, and ‘Time trace: A drawn perception’, Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 1: 2 (July 2016), Bristol: Intellect Books.
Image: Brooke Leigh Where I Start And Where I End Nobody Knows 2017, monoprint