Alison Johnston Moray, United Kingdom
Alison Johnston, graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1983 with a BA Hons Degree and was awarded the Helen A Rose and Andrew Grant Bequest travel fund. Following graduation, her career developed in animation, including for Oscar-nominated “Aardman Animations”. Alison moved back to Scotland and has her own studio and was Artist in residence for National Trust of Scotland.
Her background in animation and designing in sequence has led to 3 dimensional hand made books working with wood, monoprint, linoprint, pen and ink as well as oil painting. She draws on associations between memory and the everyday familiarities, exploring how context and the sensory influence our experience and sense of belonging and the essence of her delicate books are able to display the fragility of how we see things and our sense of identity. Exploring how context and the sensory memory build up a personal intelligence she acknowledges place and experiences stay with us, even without their physical presence. We project our memories, knowledge and mood and create expectations. Memories are often distorted and fragmented, and Alison displays this in her work as isolated segments, viewed in compartments, or layered in colour. Her use of colour stimulates sensory memory, and the viewer is invited to connect their collective memories, coupling inner and outer perceptions in a relationship, challenging the viewer to reassess and nurture a sense of belonging.