Photo: Elaine Allison in Edinburgh, Scotland

Elaine Allison


Concepts The family tree has been a productive starting point for many of my intimate and sensitive sculptural works. Using this rich source, plus old family photos and a range of found objects I explore identity, and the genetic, social and environmental forces that help to shape us all. The found objects I use are poignant, acting as momenti mori for the people who have discarded or lost them. Their incorporation into works of art gives apparently worthless objects an implied value. The intuitive way I combine these objects at once reveals something of the my character and leaves the way open for viewers to create their own narratives. The works have a deep personal significance but translate readily to the universal, evoking shared memories and associations. Career path I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee in 1998 with a BA Honours in Fine Art (Sculpture). After graduation I spent three months in Italy on a drawing scholarship. I have been involved in a number of projects with artists from various European countries and have participated in projects in Norway, Germany and Scotland. In addition to my own practice, I work collaboratively with artist Patricia Bray on site specific installation projects (see under Allison and Bray in the artists search) read full statement

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Artforms / type of project Installation, Printmaking, Sculpture

News & Events

  • Preserved between the Image and the Word

    05/03/2015 – 08/03/2015
    The Preservation Trust Museum, 12 North Street, St Andrews, Fife

    Work by visual artists Elaine Allison, Patricia Bray and Kyra Clegg, and poet Anna Crowe inspired by the Victorian natural history collection held in the Bell Pettigrew Museum in St Andrews.

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  • Goccopro screen printing

    I recently won a prize which enabled me to set up screen printing equipment in my studio, using Goccopro digital screens. They have a very fine mesh and give superb detail. Good fun experimenting!