Grease is the word for artwork

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The phrase “like watching paint dry” has a particular meaning to artist Alice Smith.

The phrase “like watching paint dry” has a particular meaning to artist Alice Smith.

Alice makes her paintings out of grease, meaning they will in fact never dry. “ The work I have been doing is all about futility and pointless repetitive tasks,” said the 23 year-old from Chesterfield.

“It is all to do with wasting time – although it’s also tongue in cheek,” she said of the creations she made for an exhibition at Manchester School of Art, where she studied a BA (hons) in fine art.

She is due to start studying for a masters, with help from a £6,000 bursary awarded the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts.

Alice, who started painting when she was very young and has always wanted to become an artist, said: “The bursary means I will be able to take more risks, to change what I am doing and make it more vigorous.”