- MAY 2020
The real world began as a beautiful inspiring place but by March turned surreal with pandemic, lockdown and #blacklives matter. My work responded to all of this.
Every day is a school day and if life is worth living it is worth learning - which means exploring. Images from Camino and from my now well-established iconography continue (during the year from winter 2018 to winter 2019) to give me a language in which to talk about the great game of life as we all live it. New images also appear. Over the winter I re-explore ancient stories, particularly those about what it is to be female. Throughout the year I discipline my eye and my brush by practising reality: exploring the external landscape as well as the internal, light as well as paint and pencil. I am more aware of myself as a result of publishing my memoir, externalising my story so far in words. I begin to find that real places that are inseparable from the experiences of my soul, provide, in their much loved detail, as strong a language in which to call out to the world in paint too: Be mindful of the detail!
Pieces from July 2018 to January 2019
Alison was commissioned to create as part of the Aberdeen Inspired Painted Doors project. The “Way Through” door is in the Bridge Street Wildflower Meadow and was created 4-9 August 2018. The inspiration for it came from 2 places: The golden path and the pebbles tumbling from it are inspired by the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in its last 100km through Galicia in North West Spain which Alison walked in October 2015 and will walk again in October 2018. Pilgrims have for 1200 years carried a pebble with them and left it on the Way to represent a burden laid aside. The painting will become part of a wider project to enable people to leave their own pebbles (see News). The shape of the “ways through” the dream sky in the picture was inspired by the district nurses’ notes for the tending of Alison post surgery. These formed a circle (for the ileostomy) and a line (for the surgery) – a . and an I – which seemed to Alison a very simple image for such a complex experience. She noted their similarity to the letter i for identity – her own identity as more than a patient.