Studio 34 - Studio# 413
34-01 38th Avenue
Alison White was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She studied painting at Auburn University and upon graduating worked as an art consultant and studio assistant, and through this time sustained an active studio practice.
In August of 2011 Alison moved to New York to attend CUNY MFA program at City College that she completed in 2013. Currently, Alison manages a print gallery in the city and maintains her studio practice in LIC where she also lives.
My current body of work is part of an ongoing series titled "Boned Bodies" which as mainly composed of paintings. My work explores exterior means of beautification. I incorporate fabric such as lace as a vehicle to construct surface information.
The term "Boned Bodies" is a historical reference to the corset, a description and reference that appears in 16th Century dress. The corset marks a fundamental change in clothing and tailoring and a shift in the body's role to conform to the fashionable garb worn.
I choose to use lace as a material in the art making process to render a new purpose for the decorative fabric, but I also embrace the fabrics restorative properties of beauty and allure. My practice considers notions of standardization, as well as self-imposing limitations, and I physically craft the painting surface through repetition of paint layers and material. Tailored scenarios are composed of frill, imagined place, and are void of discernible human form.
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