Nature writing blog at https://sparksandwaves.wordpress.com
Facebook artist page at https://www.facebook.com/alisonphilpartist
I am fascinated by the experience of Scotland’s remote places; the creatures that become visible when you sit in it, the changeable weather, light conditions and other natural phenomena that are peripherally seen, sensed and touched.
By drawing in situ outdoors I imbue my artworks with an authenticity that does not seek to romanticise or embellish the actual reality of the experience of wild places. Close attention to natural forms and the flux of passing phenomena are the inspiration and guide for spontaneous mark making using mixed media materials on paper. The elemental of rain, wind and sun often become active agents in the artworks, raining, blowing and altering as weather paths and materials cross.
Relocated to the studio the field sketches are a record to be reflected on, played with, inverted, layered and altered. Larger works created from sketches and memory have layered narratives of meanings and suggestions, including feelings of melancholy, fragility, impermanence and an expanded sense of a place.
I find inspiration 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, Annie Dillard and Rebecca Solnit. I also like the poetic filmmaking of Margaret Tait.
Most recently I have started combining prose and poetry with images. The hybrid of word and image often takes the form of artist books.
I have a BA(Hons) from Edinburgh College of Art and an MFA in Art and Humanities from the University of Dundee.