Alison Lochhead

Sculptor

Biography

Alison has been working as a sculptor, primarily in the medium of clay, since 1997.  

Alison studied art and ceramics at Loughborough College of Art and Design and Wolverhampton Polytechnic from 1971-1975. During this period she became very interested in weaving and she received a scholarship to study tapestry weaving in Poland for a year. On her return to Britain she set up as a tapestry weaver. Alison has always loved traveling and in 1981 she got a job for three years in the Sultanate of Oman working alongside the Bedouins. Alison was inspired by the incredible rock formations in Oman and back in Britain started to work with paper pulp creating large wall pieces and continued to work with paper until about 1997.

After working in Oman, Alison became very interested in participative development and the gender politics that surround the development process, as well as gender politics which are part of daily life. She continued to work internationally in Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Asia until the end of 2013. The experiences from this work are reflected in her artwork.

Alison has been exhibiting since 1977.


DEATH BOATS

From the ignite Fahrenheit of the kiln
the cooled ships are chipped and cut out
of their moulds, they lay like skeletal wreckage
articulated around their ribs and spine.
Agate, quartz, basalt, iron and bronze have been
fused into a serpentine architecture, and coloured
like Neolithic cave paintings. The palette of
nutshell browns and gold, copper greens,
sulphuric ochre’s, enamelled purples,
resin yellows and indigo gleam
like kingfishers wings on the
surface of the slate and slag black boats.


ASYLUM

In the asylum, I remembered
the carnage of Pompeii,
perhaps that was why I was there.

I’d tried to explain,
but it was like writing on water with hot ingots.

They didn’t understand my memories of the storms of
sulphuric ash, the seismic eruptions, the volcanic gas and
lava flows; the bodies that were bandaged with
pumice and then in their fresh cool
altar clothes became sarcophaguses,
ready for digging up,

cold.

 

 


Selected One Woman Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park. Near Hereford.
  • 2017 ‘Migration and Abandonment’. A sculpture installation. Llantarnam Grange. Cwmbran, Wales.
  • 2016 ‘Layered Memories of Conflict’. Sculpture installation. MoMA Machynlleth. Wales.
  • 2015 ‘Mine Memories’. Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum, Purbeck, Dorset.
  • 2013/14 ‘Mine Memories’ CARAD, Rhayader, Wales. This exhibition was of work based on the lead mines of the Cambrian Mountains, Wales, exploring the histories, stories and memories and physical realities about and around the mines. Working with the visual impact mines have on the landscape, the juxtaposition of raw material, construction, exploitation and change. The mines are a mix of construction and raw material and the work exploited this juxtaposition; linking the memories of the lives involved in the mines.
  • 2013 Oriel Q, Narberth, Wales
  • 2013 Strawbale Gallery, Lampeter, Wales
  • 2012 Pontardawe Arts Centre               
  • 2011 Briggait Gallery, Glasgow     
  • 2009 MOMA y Tabernacl, Machynlleth

Recent GROUP EXHIBITIONS include:

2017

  • ‘Curious Travellers’. Creative responses to writings of C18th Thomas Pennant. Oriel Brondanw. North Wales.
  • ‘Thinking’- sculptural wall mounted boxes. Sculpture Cymru exhibition at Mid Wales Arts, Caersws.
  • ‘Creativity and Curiosity’, conversations between astronomers and artists. Cambridge Science Festival. Christ College and Institute of Astronomy.
  • Aberystwyth Printmakers exhibition. Mid Wales Arts, Caersws.
  • ‘Place’ Sculpture Cymru installations in the grounds of Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff, Wales.
  • 56 Group Wales. Kings Street Gallery. Carmarthen.
  • Mid Wales Arts. Caersws. Wales

2016

  • Attic Gallery, Swansea.
  • ‘Curious Travellers’. Creative responses to writings of C18th Thomas Pennant. Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham.
  • 56 Group Wales. Red House Gallery and Cyfartha Castle ,Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
  • Oriel Q, Narberth. 10 Years of Iron
  • Mid Wales Arts, Caersws, Wales. Sculpture Trail.

2015

  • ‘Breaking Traditions’, Kidwelly Castle, Wales. Sculpture Cymru and Cadw.
  • Mid Wales Arts, Caersws, Wales. Sculpture Trail.

Publications include:

  • Interpreting Ceramics ‘The Fragmented Figure’ (paper given at conference.)
  • Planet Magazine. The Welsh Internationalist. 2009 and 2014.
  • ‘Revealment’ Book of poems by Dai Jenkins and Sculptures by Alison Lochhead.
  • Layered Memories of Conflict. 2016.
   

Alison Lochhead © 2017