'I Become Sculpture'
Alison Pilkington’s practice taps into an inner world of personal experiences and memory to conjure up strange and unsettling worlds where all is not entirely at ease. Humour and the absurd abound in strange unsettling landscapes, where bizarre figures are a recurring motif. Her work frequently draws on a variety of eclectic influences from ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture - from the classical painting of the 17th century western traditions to the writing of Stephen King, the humourist Ivor Cutler, and the stories of James Joyce.
Through a series of interconnecting paintings, drawings and artists books
Her work explores series of recurring characters inhabit surreal landscapes that evoke lakeshores, seashores and distant mountain ranges. As is particular to her practice she draws on eclectic references from the poetry of WB Yeats to the paintings of El Greco and the cinematic imagery of Ridley Scott and Ivan Tarkovsy that both collide and merge in a richly allegorical body of work that explores her connections to place and to memory of place.