It’s Growing is a collection of small encrusted and gloopy oil paintings, and gouache paintings, presented as a conversation around the unknown, while vaguely referencing the things that surround us. Some artworks could be interpreted as microscopic/biomorphic phenomena, or outer space life forms from another planet, another cosmic dimension, or dreamscapes. The imagery ends up hovering somewhere between reality and painterly fantasy, organic life and dystopian form. In turn, the aim is to allow the viewer to ponder all these worlds and atmospheres through the artworks in a way where the point of origin isn’t clear.
Alexandra Darbyshire is a Canadian artist based in Ottawa. Over the past twenty five years she has exhibited her paintings in solo and group shows in North America, and Europe. Darbyshire has been recognized by national and international organisations with awards and honours for her work, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Delphina Foundation.