Alice Partington (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and activist. Their work spans different mediums including painting, film, sculpture and wearable art and particularly focuses on feminism, activism art, sex, menstruation and chronic illness. Drawing much from the artists personal experiences as a queer chronically ill woman, their artwork seeks to be joyful and striking while also magnifying social and environmental issues.
Their current work Prioritise Your Pleasure particularly focuses on dismantling the stigmas and societal shame around masturbation and menstruation. The series of paintings depict colourful and expressive dildos and sex toys, which are often adorned with menstrual blood or lube. This work reacts to the orgasm gap, the miss-information and lack of sex education; particularly for people with vulvas. A recurring piece in the artists work is The Vulva Dress. The latex draped wearable vulva sculpture was displayed in her solo exhibition (I Bleed With You, 2018), and was hung via a meat hook to aggressively exemplify the inequality vulva owners still face globally. In 2020 The Vulva Dress was worn as part of the Lock Down Exhibitions: Bodies virtual group exhibition. For this exhibition it was combined with a period sculpture and continued the artists long standing artwork around menstruation. Most notably her installation Jam Jar Project sought to create a new context to question the shame and stigma still surrounding menstruation.
Exert from interview with Rach Creates
What would you like to achieve with your art? I think the greatest thing I would like to achieve with my art is change. Be it aiding in changing our crooked world, changing outdated opinions on feminism, changing dangerous taboos around periods, changing attitudes to chronic health conditions & mental illness, change the ablest sexist racist classist art world from within, change perspectives on & normalise masturbation for EVERY-BODY and most importantly change folks attitudes towards themselves so that they may start championing their own self-love and self-acceptance. Read More from this interview here
2021 Mad Womxn: Motherland, Issue 2, Magazine feature.
2020 The Happy Vulva Club: The Vulva Directory, Artists Feature read here.
2020 Interview for Rach Creates website read here.
2020 Mad Womxn: Heroines, Issue 1, Magazine feature.
2020 Lockdown Exhibitions, Online virtual exhibitions hosted by Sophie Parker, Multiple Group Exhibitions.
2020 Penny Thoughts, Snitch Publication, Issue 34 Feature read here.
2019 In Circles, Shape Arts Exhibition, Bow Arts Centre, London, Group Exhibition.
2018 I Bleed With You, Brighton, Solo Exhibition.
2016 Medway Open Studios, Nucleus Arts, Chatham.
2011-2015 BA Hons Degree in Fashion Design with Business studies, University of Brighton.
2010-2011 National Diploma Foundation In Art and Design, University for the Creative Arts Rochester.