Artist’s Statement

As a materials-led artist, Alison Stockmarr is drawn to scrap and found objects.
Described as a “latter-day borrower” her work has an empathy for storytelling and recycling.

‘Treasure hunting’ is very much a part of the alchemical process. This, coupled with her deft abilities at re-appropriation, is at the heart of her work. Lost and overlooked objects are put under scrutiny, distilled into scenarios that allude to the past, with a playful nod to the present. Seemingly worthless finds are reworked breathing a new beauty back into them.

Currently she creates Face Books, a collection of work poking fun at Facebook. By matching old photographs with suitably titled books, profiles are constructed, creating a library of invented friends of yesteryear. Apertures are cut into books with photos and ephemera collaged within their pages. Narratives are composed to complete the picture! These assemblages of everyday archaeologies afford the viewer glimpses of stories or notions, offering an alternative perspective on social media.

Eco sensibilities are continually woven into her work. These, together with a collation of rejuvenated objects, are reflected in recent works such as the ‘Makedoandmend Suitcase’ and ‘The Shipping Forecast’, where reappropriated items are transformed into quirky characters and housed in their own uniquely personal settings.

Earlier textile works incorporate photographs and text, and fragments of cloth are blended and collaged. Textile keepsakes are hand stitched, combining printed imagery and worn fragments rescued from old clothes and domestic linens.

Having lived most of her life by the sea and currently living on the waterfront of Essex fishing village, Wivenhoe, junkshop scavenging and shoreline collecting is a way of life.

This penchant for salvage does not go unnoticed by her local fisherman, who leaves catches of flotsam from the deep adding to a pallet of lost treasures. Whale bones, pottery and the like are left at her door following a night”s fishing.

This authenticity of objects and materials is of key significance, alongside the discovery process of realising their unique potential. Items are carefully selected with meaning and purpose, and suggested narratives, spontaneously born.

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