BREATH | AIR: Alicia Armstrong

Armstrong sanding layers to add depth and texture.

Armstrong sanding layers to add depth and texture.

Alicia’s new work is reminiscent of her early childhood years which were spent with her mother who used wallpaper as a primary design element throughout their home.  As an antique dealer, her mother refinished, sanded and painted furniture in hopes of reclaiming the history of each piece.

Having these memories in her childhood gave her a propensity to recreate these aesthetics in her work by creating personal images within a textured vintage floral pattern while simultaneously personalizing the process.  

This series is primarily created on wood panels where she builds up layers, creating history, then sanding back to reveal specific parts and pieces.  The floral patterns are ideal because they’re organic and flow freely in and out of the background.

These figures move through the space representing this sort of 'half here' state of being mothers experience while moving through life.  As a mother, Alicia relates to the inner conflict between the demands of family and the longing to find a sense of self.

These particular pieces are more vibrant in color accessing the joy in tiny moments caught in time, moving into spring and summer.

Alicia Armstrong joins Lesley Frenz for a new show entitled, "BREATH | AIR,” which opens Friday, May 3rd. This will be Armstrong’s first show with A&L Gallery. Work will range in sizes, from medium to large-scale. If you are interested in a first look, please let us know by clicking here.