Alison Dollery is an Interdisciplinary Contemporary Artist who uses the body as a canvas a sculpture and explores the materiality of the body as the medium, combining film, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance art and writing (Manufactured Body Language).
The work is based upon the artists lived experience, transformation, visceral nature of our bodies and body positivity within the material reality of our bodies. How can we redesign or imagine our bodies differently?
Alison has performed at the Tate Modern in 2019, exhibited work nationally and internationally at Oxo Tower in 2018, and was Longlisted for the Visual Art Open in 2022 and an Honourable mention @NYPC4PA Human Body Exhibition 2022.
The Manufactured Body Project (2017-ongoing).
The Manufactured Body Project is the research project Alison has been working on since 2017. Although this project has been historically academic in nature, through exhibitions since 2021, the project involves the public and the audience as the material to discuss how we can re-manufacture our bodies and hope it to be a thought provoking positive conversation.
Academically it has multiple writings that interrogate through art practice as research of how we manufactured our material bodies, the politics and performativity, materiality and how our bodies are socially constructed.
Philosophical contexts theoretically inform the work.
Based in London and West Sussex, she holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of the Creative Arts. She is an experienced learning and development consultant (CIPD) with 15 years of creative industry experience.
I am interested in our bodies' transformative, visceral nature and using the artist's body as research. Using the body this way changes our perceptions and hopefully provokes a conversation about how we manufacture our future bodies differently. Additionally, it collapses the space between the artist and the life model and pushes what drawing, painting and photography can be when using the body to reimagine our bodies differently. It transcends and transforms all traditional interpretations of the body.
"I use my body because it's the medium I know the best, and I can push it to its limits"...
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