Alison Blickle

Gallery Affiliations: Kravets|Wehby, Eleanor Harwood

Region: Pacific Coast

I’ve been exploring ideas around storytelling and characters for several years. The concept behind my current work is a folktalestyle narrative. The paintings are scenes from a story, and the ceramic sculptures are objects from it, like relics. I’m attracted to the idea that narrative is a bit of a no-no in the art world—this leaves a lot of room for working in uncharted territory.

The story I’m working with contains elements of a creation myth, so I try to give the work a sacred, mystical feel. I install the paintings in a way that references altars or devotionals, with special objects placed as offerings in front of the scenes described in the paintings. Imagery inspired by alchemy and fortune-telling is woven throughout the work.