ARTIST STATEMENT

My art process connects me to the many artists, writers, filmmakers, and scientists who delve into and explore the elegant interconnectivity of all living things. I’m fascinated with the variety and complexity of botanicals, from plant-like organisms such as fungi and lichens, to leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds. I’m inspired by shape, color, even cellular structure. Using encaustic, oil paint, collage, and drawing, I merge representational plant forms with evocative abstract elements.

Botanicals have long been essential symbols and archetypes in the human imagination. Human disconnection from the natural world threatens the environment and climate, and this disconnection also threatens human wellness. The concept of Biophilia, the innate human love of nature, motivates my art and imagery. Plants are essential to the human soul and imagination, as well as being essential to the health of our planet.

Yet climate change, habitat destruction, deforestation, and horticultural trade all lead to the destruction of plant species, often before scientists can discover their uses. Scientists save plants in large seed banks around the world and activists try to effect political change. Artists can also play a role in spreading images that convey an emotional impact about the importance of caring for our planet.

My artwork manifests a deep awareness of our connection with nature, evolving from my work as an art teacher, art therapist, and outdoor educator. My art is an exploratory journey, in both subject matter and process.  As I study the elaborate and immense plant world, I discover increasingly innovative ways to create my images. Media, technique, and subject matter come together in an organic process, resulting in a fluid evolution of themes and iconography. 


ARTIST BIO


Alison grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains in Canada. Her father taught her about geology and evolution, and her mother, an avid gardener, taught her about plants and how to pay attention to the natural world. Science and Nature are her teachers. At seventeen, Alison began traveling around the world, experiencing vastly different geographies and cultures. For the past eighteen years Alison has taught drawing and painting to high school students at Albuquerque Academy. Alison has a BFA in painting from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, and an MA in Art Therapy from UNM. Her background in outdoor education and art therapy have given her a deep appreciation for the transformative and healing power of both nature and art. Her work is shown at Exhibit 208 in Albuquerque, and has appeared in juried shows at the Albuquerque Museum, 516 Arts Downtown, The Encaustic Museum in Santa Fe, and The Farmington Museum. She just completed two solo shows: Confluence: PLANT/LIFE at Exhibit 208 in Albuquerque (February 2020), and; Biophilia: Our True Nature at Harwood Art Center (October 2019).

EXHIBITIONS

2020  Confluence: PLANT/LIFE (solo exhibition), Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Encompass Group Show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2019  Biophilia: Our True Nature (solo exhibition), Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          14th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          20 Year Anniversary Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Arts Thrive Art Exhibition and Benefit (Oct-Dec), Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          Luanem Gallery Group Show, Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM
          April Price Projects Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
          Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM          
          Summer Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
         
 Spring Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Corrales Bosque Gallery, Guest Artist, Corrales, NM
2018  December Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          13th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Gateway to Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
          Solo Exhibition, Heritage Gallery, Albuquerque Academy, NM 
          Abstract Catalyst 5, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR
          Global Warming is Real, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM
          Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
          Collected, Encompass Gallery Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2017  11th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

          Small Works Exhibition, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM
2016  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM

          Sole/Soul: Mixed Media Work, Dr. Haas Podiatry Office, Albuquerque, NM
2015  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2013  Collect 10, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2012  New Mexico Showcase, 516 ARTS Downtown, Albuquerque, NM

2011  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2010  Albuquerque NOW - Fall, Albuquerque Museum, NM
2009  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2007  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2006  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2005  12X12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2003  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2000  NM Art Therapy Association Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1999  NM Art Therapy Association Show, Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1997  Openings to the Underworld, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
1996  Art Therapy Graduating Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1995  Anatomy of Solitude, China Phoenix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1988  Women’s Shelter, Environmental Design Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Recent Art Graduates, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Art Graduates, Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Graduating Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB, Canada
          Women’s Show, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Survey Alberta ’88, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Artist Statement and Bio

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art process connects me to the many artists, writers, filmmakers, and scientists who delve into and explore the elegant interconnectivity of all living things. I’m fascinated with the variety and complexity of botanicals, from plant-like organisms such as fungi and lichens, to leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds. I’m inspired by shape, color, even cellular structure. Using encaustic, oil paint, collage, and drawing, I merge representational plant forms with evocative abstract elements.

Botanicals have long been essential symbols and archetypes in the human imagination. Human disconnection from the natural world threatens the environment and climate, and this disconnection also threatens human wellness. The concept of Biophilia, the innate human love of nature, motivates my art and imagery. Plants are essential to the human soul and imagination, as well as being essential to the health of our planet.

Yet climate change, habitat destruction, deforestation, and horticultural trade all lead to the destruction of plant species, often before scientists can discover their uses. Scientists save plants in large seed banks around the world and activists try to effect political change. Artists can also play a role in spreading images that convey an emotional impact about the importance of caring for our planet.

My artwork manifests a deep awareness of our connection with nature, evolving from my work as an art teacher, art therapist, and outdoor educator. My art is an exploratory journey, in both subject matter and process.  As I study the elaborate and immense plant world, I discover increasingly innovative ways to create my images. Media, technique, and subject matter come together in an organic process, resulting in a fluid evolution of themes and iconography. 


ARTIST BIO


Alison grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains in Canada. Her father taught her about geology and evolution, and her mother, an avid gardener, taught her about plants and how to pay attention to the natural world. Science and Nature are her teachers. At seventeen, Alison began traveling around the world, experiencing vastly different geographies and cultures. For the past eighteen years Alison has taught drawing and painting to high school students at Albuquerque Academy. Alison has a BFA in painting from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, and an MA in Art Therapy from UNM. Her background in outdoor education and art therapy have given her a deep appreciation for the transformative and healing power of both nature and art. Her work is shown at Exhibit 208 in Albuquerque, and has appeared in juried shows at the Albuquerque Museum, 516 Arts Downtown, The Encaustic Museum in Santa Fe, and The Farmington Museum. She just completed two solo shows: Confluence: PLANT/LIFE at Exhibit 208 in Albuquerque (February 2020), and; Biophilia: Our True Nature at Harwood Art Center (October 2019).

EXHIBITIONS

2020  Confluence: PLANT/LIFE (solo exhibition), Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Encompass Group Show, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2019  Biophilia: Our True Nature (solo exhibition), Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          14th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          20 Year Anniversary Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Arts Thrive Art Exhibition and Benefit (Oct-Dec), Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          Luanem Gallery Group Show, Menaul School, Albuquerque, NM
          April Price Projects Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
          Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM          
          Summer Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
         
 Spring Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          Corrales Bosque Gallery, Guest Artist, Corrales, NM
2018  December Group Show, Exhibit 208, Albuquerque, NM
          ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM
          13th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Gateway to Imagination, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM
          Solo Exhibition, Heritage Gallery, Albuquerque Academy, NM 
          Abstract Catalyst 5, Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Portland, OR
          Global Warming is Real, Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, NM
          Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
          Collected, Encompass Gallery Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
2017  11th Annual 12x12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

          Small Works Exhibition, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM
2016  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM

          Sole/Soul: Mixed Media Work, Dr. Haas Podiatry Office, Albuquerque, NM
2015  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2013  Collect 10, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2012  New Mexico Showcase, 516 ARTS Downtown, Albuquerque, NM

2011  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2010  Albuquerque NOW - Fall, Albuquerque Museum, NM
2009  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2007  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2006  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2005  12X12 Exhibition and Fundraiser, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
          Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2003  Visual Arts Faculty Show, Albuquerque Academy, NM
2000  NM Art Therapy Association Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1999  NM Art Therapy Association Show, Fisher Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1997  Openings to the Underworld, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM
1996  Art Therapy Graduating Show, UNM Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1995  Anatomy of Solitude, China Phoenix Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1988  Women’s Shelter, Environmental Design Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Recent Art Graduates, Virginia Christopher Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Art Graduates, Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada
          BFA Graduating Exhibition, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, AB, Canada
          Women’s Show, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
          Survey Alberta ’88, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB, Canada

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