Alison Lochhead


‘Layered Memories of Conflict and Abandonment’

by Alison Lochhead

‘Why do we continue waging war and force people to leave their homes to seek safety...where there often isn’t any.’

Sculpture and Paintings in The Foundry – a place for change. 17 Oval Way, Vauxhall, London SE11 5RR. 
May 20 – August 15 2019.  
Open – 9am – 6pm.  Monday to Friday.

The work made by Alison Lochhead reflects upon the memory of actions and experiences of people over time. The earth retains the marks made by humans and the memory of their presence and the injustices inflicted.  War and conflicts have been going on since the beginning of humanity; but why? No war has resolved a problem.
This exhibition explores various elements of consequences of war, conflict and oppression and the enormous courage that people have in fleeing their homelands in dire circumstances. To leave everything that is dear to you and under-take a journey of unimaginable uncertainties and fear, risking yourself as well as your children’s lives; because you have no choice but to try for survival; is extraordinary. When people get into the boats they have no idea what may happen or what their future may be. I put pieces in the kiln and have no idea what will emerge. I have no idea what it must be like getting into those boats.
The exhibition is made up of wall pieces as well as sculptures made from clay, slate, glass and iron; representing the boats full of people trying to gain safety. There are over 65 million people fleeing from their homes worldwide as it is not safe enough to stay. People have been moving across our earth for forever; whether to find a kinder place to live, or because where they live is too unsafe because of conflict or because they are enslaved; or simply cannot make a living for themselves and their community. This sadly continues today.  
Wars are fought on the decision of those in power or seeking power and using the rest of the population to bear the brunt of those decisions. Why do we continue to think we can solve our differences through violence and conflict?







Exhibition by Alison Lochhead of sculptures and wall pieces.

Volcano_Logo Black.jpgVolcano Theatre.  27-29 High Street,
Swansea. SA1 1LG

3rd – 28th June 2019
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Open Evening:  Friday 7th June 6 – 8pm


The body of work in ‘Beyond the Boundaries’ by Alison Lochhead in Volcano Theatre, Swansea in June 2019 is a collection of sculptures and wall pieces. The sculptures use bones and shoes and images of boats – reflecting on migrations and people lost and unrecognised. Parts are left; bones or a shoe; but who was the person?  Tall figures made with an ambiguity of materials; paper as the body and iron as the backbone - stand witness to the abandoned bones and shoes. ’Which is the strongest – paper or iron?’

On the walls; a body of work that Alison made in response to working with astronomers. The pieces are made from silica, carbon and iron - ‘building blocks of earth and space’ – the process of pouring molten iron onto paper and oxides and the resulting imagery is like seeing explosions in space like the ‘world in a grain of sand’, echoing imagery of space and why material is formed or disappears, changes and transforms.  The links between ‘us’ and the universe is deep and also between peoples within our own global space – we must work hard to not think of space or each other as as ‘different’.

'Fragmented Figures' showing at Canwood Gallery and Sculpture Park.

Checkley, Near Hereford HR1 4NF UK
See website for opening times.

Alison Lochhead © 2017