United KingdomAbstract Conceptual Documentary Surrealist Contemporary
"I strive to capture nature in all it's glory in my photography"
Fleur Alston’s work is concerned with our relationship with the natural world and the objects used in her photo collages are heavily symbolic of life and death. Alston also draws influence from Carl Gustav Jung, the renowned psychiatrist and psychotherapist. The motif of the Mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism that represents the universe. Jung spoke of the urge to produce Mandalas at times of intense personal growth and as a way of rebalancing the psyche, the result is said to be a more complex and integrated personality. The central point of a Mandala is the space within which the viewer can identify themselves, in the centre of the circle is the highest deity or abstract concept. By placing a dead animal in that centre, Alston attempts to shake the viewer’s perception of themselves and their whole, instinctively at a sub-conscious level. Something could be understood and revealed in that experience of the unfolding pattern. The artist views the Mandala as an integral part of our collective consciousness that is shared by every person who ever lived. Alston states that the varying reactions to her work make her believe that people are now so far removed from the cycles of the living world that they either fear that unknown exponentially, or crave intimate knowledge of it and seek a return to a stronger connection with the natural cosmos. In some ways Alston’s work is exploring this disorder and departure from nature. The artist believes that our wholeness with the natural world around us is broken and by looking at the Mandala we can open our minds to what it actually means to be a human, as part of a natural environment, at this time in our history.Show more Show Less