Alison is a Painter based in Essex with a background in Textiles and Fashion Retail Environments.
‘My practice centres around themes of connection in our relationships, how we navigate the perpetual change and these parallels with the every day intricacies of the natural world.
Explorations of organic process evolve through manifold observations of the tiny details in natural forms spotted whilst out walking and running, sometimes in the most unremarkable of settings.
The shapes and the tangled lines, the contours, layers , patterns and the edges, fractured and fluid.
During my research, I create an iterative diary of my environment through drawing, collage, paint and fragile 3D staged assemblages precariously taped, pinned and balanced.
Illuminating the overlooked and the invisible details, these stages create an enforced observation platform.
'Growth, transformation, dormancy and renewal. The cycles of the seasons set the pace yet we often resist these natural rhythms in our own lives. The ephemeral moments that we overlook, but long to cling to once they’re gone.
The Materiality in my practice is a response to these fragments of time. Tissues that dissolve, meandering lines finding form and arteries of paint that flow in the folds and layers of peeling paper.’
My earlier career in Creative Services and store environments for Premium Fashion Retail Brands enabled me to work collaboratively with Artists and Makers from many disciplines.
This work included designing window concepts, visual merchandising and Interior styling.
The work had a theatrical sensibility albeit in a commercial setting. The tiny stages and sets I create for organic forms in my painting practice has evolved from this embodied multi disciplinary background.
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by Alison Cook.