Alison Shanks curriculum vitae
Since September 2015 I have been living in Siracusa, Sicily and working in my studio (which I share with two pet turkeys!). I am now experimenting with using a selection of the local Italian earthenware clays: white, black and terracotta.
I completed an artist residency in Denmark at the Guldaggersgard Ceramic Research Centre in the first two months of 2015 where I experimented with different firing techniques and exhibited new work with fellow artists there at Project Network II. We will collaborate in future international events.
From the completion of my MA to the end of June 2014 I was working and exhibiting from my studio at West Loft Studios in Shoreham, West Sussex, U.K.
I returned to education in 2007 to complete a BA Ceramics degree at Bath Spa University and since this time I have become entranced with sculpture again. I also completed, in September 2013, my MA in which I received distinction.
I have exhibited nationally and internationally and have work in several private collections. My work has moved on to also incorporate other materials including steel. In my life I have lived, worked and exhibited in many different countries - many people would argue that todays world is best captured not in one place or another but in the traffic between them and the ‘butterfly effect’ of the resulting human interactions. The art world, having evolved into a global industry, is of course implicated in that traffic.
Edward Lorenz’s chaos theory derives the name of the “butterfly effect” from the theoretical example of a hurricane's formation in the Atlantic being contingent on a butterfly in the Brazilian rainforest flapping its wings several weeks earlier. My ambition is to create this effect by leaving behind knowledge, contacts, techniques, ideas, sculptures and concepts at each port of call in my life. The accent is on authenticity, chance encounters and the exchange of knowledge.
Exhibitions- Selected Group