Ally work rebels against the art canon and its conventions. Through juxtaposing genres and techniques she confronts the constraints which the art school has always imposed on painting.
She reinvents her subjects through large dimensions, bright colours, unconventional pairing of mixed media and styles. Bold and assertive her work stands up to the prevalent association of large scale art with the male artist. Confident brush strokes envelop glimpses of realism and dissolve faces in playful combinations of dream-like colour, line and glitter!
Her work is an amalgamation of various genres across history faux-naive, realism, kitsch, expressionism, a bit of cartoon. She is against sticking to working in one genre as she finds it limiting to her practice.
She is preoccupied with the nonexistence of representation of women in history. The subject and narrative of her new work often has to do with the structure of hierarchy in culture, art, human-animal relations, and somehow circumventing or looking at it in a new away, that can place importance on a subject that may otherwise not be considered honourable or iconic. Her paintings reference and distort the few genres women were allowed to paint and study before the 20th century such as animals, children and still life. Her studies have been influenced by animal rights activists and feminist theorists like Griselda Pollock and her ‘Differencing the Canon’.
Ally has been awarded both the Jealous and HIX prize this year which has greatly encouraged her practice and the decision to keep working in London.