Alison Craig

Alison Craig


My work is grounded in observational drawing and the experience of the rural environment.  The process of drawing absorbs the sense of self and the resulting images record a response to the subject rather than being literal transcriptions of its' appearance. This response is taken further in paintings and prints, where the final piece emerges from the physical actions of layering and erasing colour and line. Much of my work has been derived from walks made in the countryside around my home in rural North Wales where the land has been shaped by the weather and the activities of humankind through the ages.

I have attempted to evoke a sense of place: the exhilaration of the changing seasons; the tranquillity of ancient sites; the feeling that the land has been changed by generations of human occupants but remains somehow the same as it was before we arrived. Driven by this sense of continuity inherent within the landscape, I have more recently been investigating ideas of ageing and the persistence of the human spirit across time, using the visible to hint at the invisible. Field boundaries, ancient stones and wells can all carry layers of metaphor within the landscape; bones and other organic objects hold the history of their growth and decay.

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Location LlanfairTalhaearn, Wales
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting, Printmaking
Tags painting, printmaking, drawing, observational drawing, abstract, Mapping, Walking

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