Allison grew up in Agoura Hills, CA and received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has traveled the world making art about being normal, yet misplaced. Within all the mediums that she works in (sound installation, large-scale watercolor painting, and photography), at first glance her art genuinely appears to be loving, gentle, and even humorous. At the same time contradictions abound in subtle ways. Underlying traces of fear and dissatisfaction often plague her subjects, subtly hinted at through layers and time. Her most recent work involves the idea of the domestic- platonic- yet privately dysfunctional western family. Allison's work questions: when does something that is so pleasant, become disturbing? She makes art that is beautiful, happy, and nostalgic, then push's it to its possible breaking point, when its pleasantries overtake it, and it reaches a level that is no longer enjoyable, but somewhat uncomfortable, allowing for the possibility that something grotesque is always trying to surface.
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