Oil on board
Original size: 20 x 15cm
Photographer: Damian Griffiths
Alli Sharma lives and works in London. Exploring notions of identity, memory, longing and loss, she often takes an ambiguous glance back at her own history, unearthing memories to create revealing, fluid paintings. Examining our relationships with familiar but overlooked objects and animals suggest possibilities for paintings. Sharma transforms the forgotten and degraded into subjects worthy of portraiture that evoke hidden histories. With her focus on our emotional investment in things, there is also strong reference to class and taste.
Recent exhibitions include: John Moores Painting Prize 2014, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Stowaway, Weekend Gallery, Los Angeles, 2014; Ornament, huntergather, London; Painting Past Present: A Painter's Craft, Laing Gallery Newcastle; Masque, Galerie d'YS, Brussels, 2013.