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Creating under the moniker of Alice Hualice, the artist mirrors the land, its history and scarce inhabitants in mesmerizing, intentionally under-elaborate textile objects.
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Alice creates wearable sculptures that can take the form of headdresses, dresses, balaclavas, masks, mittens, jewellery and more. She almost never shoots them on anyone else besides her – family members being the rare exception. As she says, all her objects reflect her inner life so it’s vital they interact and manifest through her, her body and physical touch. She hardly ever sells or loans them. Alice was kind enough to describe her world to us.

“My real name is Alice Gorshenina. I was born in a small Russian village of Yakshina. Now I live in the Ural Mountains, in the city of Nizhny Tagil. It’s a contrasting picturesque place, which often serves as a backdrop for my work.”

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  “I can say that I have been doing art since childhood. My parents always called me an artist. I drew when I was bored, I drew when I had fun, I drew when I was hurt or bullied. Since school, I’ve been attracted to biology and anthropology. I’ve also always loved the antiquity period and most of the history of ancient Egypt and ancient Russia. But my art is not about that, it is about me. And all my interests only saturate the work with additional symbols. With my work, I found my own way to tell the world about my feelings, even if no one was interested.”

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 “Therefore, in my works, you can often see some Russian folk motifs or the theme of the human body. My work also has a great deal of physicality. And yet, every work is one way or another my self-portrait, captured in different forms. In my works, I give myself complete freedom. For me, the most important thing is not to lie to myself and the viewer. Sometimes, I don’t know myself what this or that work is talking about; I analyze them after they are done. It can be said that my art is intuitive.”

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“I like the idea that all people, regardless of their nationality, have one common language – the language of art. This language does not require any words and explanations and all my works are readable for everyone.”

Artwork / Alice Gorshenina

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