Bonita Alice is a London-based visual artist.
She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town and taught in several Fine Art Departments until 2003. She relocated to London in 2007.
Her studio practice reflects her interest in Animal studies, a growing, global, cross-disciplinary field in which attempts are made to better understand human-non-human animal relationships. Alice is particularly interested in aspects within psychology and psychoanalysis which she believes are useful in understanding the abuse of animals and the environment.
"My practice reflects my preoccupation with the crisis of our age … environmental degradation and our apparent inability, as a species, to properly register our role in it; to act to rescue the situation and ultimately, ourselves.
My focus has long been with psychological matters and our relationship with other animals. In our resistance to the idea of the suffering and annihilation of other species, despite the intense emotional closeness we share with some of them, I suspect a kind of madness.
Psychology is concerned with the denial or disavowal of internal (or emotional) crises, which, unaddressed, may have external consequences whose effects impact not just ourselves. Many of my works suggest a metaphorical (and, in some cases, a more direct) connection between collective human dysfunction and environmental catastrophe." BA 2017
Bonita Alice's work is held by the Evarard Read London gallery and can be viewed on request.
See also the artist's blog at www.bonitaalice.blogspot.com for images, and writing by the artist and others.