ALEXIS PEARCE FLYNN
Double Drift (2023). Oil on canvas.180 x 200 cm. Tear aft (2023). Oil and acrylic on gesso board 20 x 30 cm.
Double Drift and Tear aft take ruined sites of colonial expansion in South Africa and Ireland as their central motif, conceived as vehicles through which I might pick at the interwoven threads knotting the skeins of my own history in a way that emphasises the revelatory over self-exculpation in addressing questions of historical shame, guilt, and complicity.
Aiming to construct the kind of psychophysical space restive ghosts might linger to dwell, I set out to make paintings capable of graduating beyond the singularly subjective rendering implied by figurative reproduction towards a hybrid testimony constituting a transitional structure between memory and history.