I have a BA(Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art, an MSc in Electronic Imaging from Dundee University and have recently completed an interdisciplinary MFA in Art and Humanities in which I undertook fine art studio modules at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and academic modules in ‘Cultural and Critical Studies’ and ‘Walking, Poetry and Eco-criticism’ at Dundee University.
I have strong family ties with island life spending much time as a child exploring and discovering the living nature that it homes. I remain fascinated by the experience of Scotland’s remote lands; the creatures that become visible when you sit in it, the changeable weather, light conditions and also the power of wild places on individual psyches.
By working experientially outdoors I try to imbue my artworks of edge places with an authenticity in order not to idealise or embellish the reality of lived experiences of such places. Close attention to natural forms and the flux of passing phenomena are intuitively and spontaneously captured using mixed media materials on paper. The elemental often becomes an active agent in the artworks, raining, blowing and altering as weather paths and materials cross.
When relocated to the studio the field sketches became a record that are reflected on, played with, inverted, layered and altered to create works with layered narratives of meanings and suggestions, including feelings of melancholy, fragility, impermanence and an expanded memory of a sense of place.
I find inspiration for journeying in wild places in the meditative writings of Nan Shepherd’s ‘The Living Mountain’ and also in the work of the anthropologist Tim Ingold regarding movement as an alternative means to perceive and understand landscape. Other writers who influence me are Alice Oswald, Barbara Hurd, David Rothenberg and Rebecca Solnit. I also like the poetic filmmaking of Margaret Tait.
Most recently I have started adding prose and poetry to artworks as a way to deepen and amplify narratives of meaning; this hybrid of word and image art often takes the form of artist books.
For a more detailed explanation of artworks see the post https://sparksandwaves.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/art-proceeds-without-a-map/
Further writings at https://sparksandwaves.wordpress.com
Facebook artist page at https://www.facebook.com/alisonphilpartist/