The nature of my work
Alleblas’ artwork consists mainly of charcoal and pencil drawings, prints and watercolours of different sizes.
The drawings have a figurative, narrative atmosphere and show a world in which often-unexpected relations between different elements confront the viewer with unclear feelings and certain confusion. The finely crafted drawings have a disquieting, dreamlike quality.
The work is not so much influenced by the art historical context, but is more related to a wider view of human experience, relations between cultures and relations between the self and other. The protagonists, whether human or animal, are enigmatic, elusive and seem absorbed in another world.
Alleblas draws inspiration from personal experiences, different cultures, anthropology, mythology, literature and photography.
The image is not the elaboration of a pre-thought idea, but is largely determined by the process of drawing itself. A typical harmony evolves in the drawings in spite of the seemingly incoherent elements; multiple perspectives, proportions, scales and styles of drawing are used in one drawing. In the end, the quality of the drawing in itself is equally important to its subject or ‘story’. Composition and use of material thus play an important role in the constitution of meaning.
The drawings try to document the memory of a continuous longing.
In Frances' recent work, there is no more figurative representation and thereby the line of thought is liberated. This can be seen in her drawings of 2016, 'The Old man and the Sea series'. These pencil drawings are closely related to the videos made in the same year; 'Horsebath' and 'I could just drift, he thought, and sleep'.