Alice Cooke seeks to make work that creates and evokes harmony between ourselves and our environment, having maximum positive social and environmental impact. Her overall purpose is to return the world to how evolution and nature intended, with community, oneness between everything on Earth, celebrating movement, craft, traditional methods and simply just being.
Alice graduated from the London College of Communication (UAL) in 2017. She has exhibited in solo and group shows, including Artrooms Fair for which she was chosen to represent the UK alongside 80 international artists. Her work has been selected and published worldwide by Work Show Grow, alongside 110 artists from 30 countries, and her project ‘With Our Bones’, was featured by The Photographers' Gallery, discussing the current mental health crisis.
Alice's most recent accomplishments include a film for Kneehigh Theatre, a collaboration withVerdant Brewery, exhibitions in Porthmeor studios and CMR Project Space, a commission for CAMP Plymouth and her work published in ‘Research in Photography’ by Anna Fox and Natasha Caruana. She has also worked with Women In Photo, Vogue Italia, Sabat Magazine and Bright Rooms and has been commissioned by companies such as Fortnum & Mason, Beauty Stack, UpCircle and Nomads Clothing.
Responding to both personal and collective experiences, Alice’s work is concerned with mental health, chronic illness, freedom and wellbeing. Her work takes the form of digital and analog photography and filmmaking, with a particular love of analog processes and the tangibility of darkroom printing. Alice employs subdued, natural tones in her work, which reflects the contrast between the vulnerability of the human body and the vast, expansiveness of nature.
Staging and choreographing movement in the absence of language, performance is at the core of Alice’s practice. We are invited to look past cultural narratives that dictate a disconnection between our mind, body and environment and return to the roots of our body’s earthly origin. Her work also integrates deeper themes of womanhood, ritual, spiritual identity, power, belonging and escapism.