Artist’s statement

Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria’s practice functions as a personal expression of unconscious imagery, whilst simultaneously investigating tropes of the fantastic, the queer and the grotesque in art history, illustration and visual culture. Through this investigation Wolfe-Alegria evokes hallucinogenic worlds and scenarios which explore notions of gender, sexuality and memory as well as our relationships with the natural world, both seen and unseen. He is also interested in the incorporation of excessive detail and ornamentation, the gendering of ornament and its potential political functions within contemporary practice. Synthesizing as a kind of ‘psychedelic surrealism’ Wolfe- Alegria translates this vision through various mediums including drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture and installation.

Biography

Eduardo Wolfe-Alegria is an artist based between Sydney and the Southern Tablelands, who completed an MFA at Sydney College of the Arts in 2014. He has exhibited in numerous galleries and been a finalist in a number of prizes around Australia. He also teaches in the Visual Communication and Fashion departments, in the School of Design, University of Technology, Sydney. His current body of work The Underwood connects archetypal fairytale imagery with contemporary notions of ecology, gender identity and psychoanalysis, underpinned formally by the “whiplash” curves of the Art Nouveau. The Underwood will show at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney (Broadhurst Gallery) and Gaffa Gallery, Sydney in 2018.