Artist Spotlight: Alison Worman

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Alison Worman is an artist currently living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. Alison graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a major in Fibers and Book Arts. Using multiple processes and techniques she simplifies the human form to explore human relationships. Alison’s compelling work is playful with an undertone of longing and nurturing. 

Can you discuss your interest in materials and how you decide on what to use for each project?

I think my love for different tactile processes often dictates my material decisions. There is a certain level of comfort when working with fibers, weaving or sewing, the process is encompassing, careful and repetitive. There is also a sort of understood intimacy that we have with textiles in our lives, I like when the viewer can apply those associations with when looking at my work.

Drawing, bookmaking and printmaking are also tactile and receptive process that I enjoy. But I think our understanding of paper is a lot more pragmatic, so I often choose these process when wanting the viewer to interact with the piece in this more formal way.

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What are the importance of hands in your work? Both the physical representation of the hand and the visual of being handmade. 

I think my fascination with the hand, is that for me, it is our most honest form of expression, it is our tool, our means of communication and production. So for me the process of “making” allows me to explore my connection to materials as well as the concepts of human connection.

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Some of your work contains text. How do you decide on the text?

I spend a lot of time thinking about communication and language. I am interested in the way even the simplest of words can be interpreted differently and the separation between language and feelings. For the “Hold Me Close” piece I wanted the work to bluntly address the viewer, the command itself encompasses the piece and the words become an action.

 Are you currently working on any projects?

Lately, I have been working on smaller more practical projects. I have been weaving scarves, sewing small things and altering clothes for myself and friends. It’s been really nice to connect to the techniques and skills that I so often apply to my art work in functional projects. It reminds me of my love for the process of making in itself.

I have also been spending most of my free time working at Whitelock Community Farm, an urban farm in Reservoir Hill. Although I’m not making any artwork I have found that many of the efforts in farming are similar to those in the art making process. So tending to the soil, nurturing the plants and sharing the produce we grow has actually been a really amazing outlet for me.

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To see more of Alison Worman’s work visit her site  www.alisonworman.com

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