A3E Artist Profile: Alecia Van Rooyen

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Alecia Van Rooyen is an upcoming artist whose work takes a critical view of how humanity perceives the human body, or simply put, how humanity perceives the self. 

By referring to the subjective experiences of fragmentation, narcissism, and anxiety, Van Rooyen explores the relation between the picture of the body and the concept of the self. Through our bodies we experience the universe; every human experience is distinctive. Confronting an image of the artist’s own body as with a mirror reflection allows her to confront personal fears which fragment her self-perception.

While her paintings are self-portraits, Van Rooyen has intentionally removed any trace of identity which allows all spectators to identify with the human body represented to them; by doing so, she hopes to evoke subjective bodily experiences in those who view her art.

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