My studio collection of paper ephemera, vintage magazines, maps, and photographs provides me with reference materials for ambiguous, surreal collages.
For the work Everything is going to be alright, early British imagery coexists with a CPR station, an enlarged watch topped by a bouquet of flowers. While fish, birds, and musical instruments crowned with an IKEA table lamp complete the picture.
Alison Keenan – Artist Biography
Alison Keenan, a multi-disciplinary artist, lived in Burma before returning home to England to complete her art education and later lived in Italy and Egypt where she studied Aubusson and Gobelin Tapestry. In 2008 she graduated from Emily Carr University, Canada and in 2010 she received a Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University. Her portfolio includes national and international exhibitions, awards and murals, an online catalogue, guest speaker, artists residencies and videos.
A member of the female Vancouver-based artist collective, 13 Feet Off the Ground, she has painted murals in Sicily, West Vancouver, Penticton and Los Cabos, Mexico. She recently completed a commissioned 22 ft-wide mural in Yaletown, Vancouver.
Alison Keenan – Artist Statement
Surreal Landscapes and Imaginary Worlds invite the viewer into a world of complex paintings and collages created during the recent pandemic of 2020.
The artworks represent an exploration into a changed world where recombined images, social networking, cities, birds and animals, and fragments of visual culture collide. Recycled vintage magazines, maps, photos, patterns, and more gifted ephemera create one-of-a-kind collages.
Five or six elements are visually pleasing to me. A variety of yellows, surreal-looking plants, unusual plants and fish, off-kilter tables with legs and of course glimpses of water or a blue sea.
In my investigation of a changed world the artworks consider the endless summers of landscapes in a dreamlike passage of time mirroring the desire to escape the harsh reality for all.