Exhibition 41 – Alice Pool

Alice Pool is an early career artist from Sheffield, currently living in Hackney. The Notice Board showed her work back in 2020 as she graduated from Glasgow School of Art. Then as now Alice’s work deals with feelings, freedom and play. Her use of drawing seems to help this exploration. The Notice Board has always liked how she foregrounds living beings in her work helping us reflect on all our actions. Actions that we now know have effects on all our and their freedoms.
Out of Misery Alice says: is a painting thats part of a series I am working on that considers how kids figure out their place and power in the world through the caring and killing of animals. I like to explore childhood in my work and the freedom and naivety of children’s minds. I am fascinated how their unknowing drives them to test things. When I was younger me and my brother used to chop the heads off worms to see if they would grow new ones. We would attempt to drown ants with a hose pipe and once we cared for a dying baby hedgehog by building it a home out of a shoe box. These experiences play a significant part in who I am today and where I place myself as a free willed being. They taught me how to love and nurture, what it means to inflict pain, how far my actions can affect other beings, and what it is to grieve and celebrate life.