ALEX BLACKBOURN

    THREE STEPS AHEAD | 2022

    Blackbourn’s illustration follows a conversation with her roommate and fellow artist about the pressures and frustrations that come with sustaining an art career whilst working to live and pay rent in London. Blackbourn states, ‘the piece considers the looming possibility of abandoning our practices in favour of jobs that provide a more reliable income [and more stable means to pay rent].’ Through her artwork, she interrogates the fundamentally political question of how capitalist conditions impact the socio-economic diversity of the practising art world: drawing reference from 1920s figuration, in particular Tamara de Lempicka’s approach to female form, Three Steps Ahead tracks the intricate entanglement of a political conversation with a deeply affecting personal moment.

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