Donations, Support and Voluntary Work.
I am a Visual Artist who uses the materiality of the artist's body as the medium and canvas of my work, combining film, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance art and writing around the (artist's body) lived experience (Manufactured Body Language).
My experience of drastic weight loss and body transformation has been the protagonist of my art practice and research, taking ownership of my embodied experience and body.
Awards and Significant Exhibitions.
I was part of the Selfie Adaptive Performance at the Tate Modern in 2019. I have exhibited work nationally and internationally, including the Oxo Tower in 2018, Visual Arts Open in 2022 Longlist, and honourable mention @NYPC4PA Human Body Exhibition 2022. So far in 2023, I have been longlisted for the VAA professional award 2023—alongside holding a five-room solo show in 2023, The Manufactured Body Exhibition, performing at the Hawth Theatre and exhibiting digitally in Times Square and Artist Talk Magazine. This is alongside multiple group shows, artists' talks and workshops.
The Manufactured Body Project (2017-ongoing).
The Manufactured Body Project is the research project I have been working on since 2017. Although this project has been historically academic, exploring art theory through how the 1960s-onwards performance artists have used their bodies in their practices, this has evolved through exhibitions since 2021 that now includes 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 about our bodies.
Based in London and West Sussex, Alison 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 artist's 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; it's malleable, transformable and honest"...
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