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Artist’s Statement

I juxtapose traditional drawing and painting materials, building materials and post-production items, all with an interest in the friction between the remembered and the imagined.

I create from memory and observation and structure my artworks like poetry, with rhythms, patterns and contrasts. I like the simplicity and power of the iconic geometric forms, contrasted with the fragility of materials and fabrics from the everyday world. These items often come pre-loaded with ideas and prejudices regarding their uses and meanings that I weave into the stories I draw on from my own life.

I install my work in imaginative compositional groupings that are part representational and part abstract or someplace in between, often combined with mediated video installation. This generates a sense of half-forgotten memory, at once beautiful and unnerving, that both draws the viewer in and challenges at the same time.

Alison Jardine