Brainscape, an exhibition piece for World Mental Health Day 2015, exhibition held at Unit 52, Baltic Triangle Liverpool:
”Through her creative practice Alison deals with the subject of sexual violence, disability and marginalised sections of society on a regular basis. Her most recent exhibition piece ‘Bipolar B’ exhibited for World mental Health Day at the Williamson Gallery, Birkenhead. ‘Bipolar B’ is a vision of a female sufferer of Bipolar, its prime concern is to address Hyper-sexuality in sufferers. Words are printed on to the shredded paper which highlights different elements of the illness looking at everything from illicit drugs to prescribed medication, manic depression to elation.’ The creation of ‘Bipolar B’ lead to a greater understanding of Bipolar in terms of my own knowledge base and is intended to help improve understanding of the disorder within those who view the form. Personal experience of meeting and working with sufferers of Bipolar was informed further by the reading of autobiographical works such as David Lovelace’ ‘Full Blown: Me and My Bipolar Family’. Filling the form with shredded paper with terms associated with Bipolar was a creative process of greater artistic merit than the final outcome. ‘Bipolar B’ relates strongly to other works created by Alison, the Attack in particular. ‘Tossed’ the first in the series was exhibited at Embrace Arts in Leicester in January- March of last year. The Artist intended to create other works dealing with issue around mental health and traumatic situations in particular. Will be exhibiting a piece around physical disability in Derby later in 2015.
For World Mental Health Day she would like to Propose her latest work: Brainscape. This comprises of a free standing large head form (1×0.75×0.5meter) made from polythene sheeting and shredded paper with relevant printed terminology. Leaves have been added to the form to signify grow and health improvements. The form is filled with statements around the theme of dignity in Mental Health: barriers broken down, not a personal failure, stop exclusion, help, disorder, empowerment, participation, psychiatric disabilities, freedom of choice, not force fed, dignity and rights, stigma. The form can be floor or plinth based.”
A commision I worked on for North West Community Business Awards in 2014. The event was sponsored by Jaguar and the disused car tires were transformed into business wear, the presentation evening being held at Aintree Racecourse, the home of the Grand National.
”Alison Little is a North West based Artist who works across the creative spectrum. Often working around the medium of Textiles, the use of reclaimed materials is key within her practice. As a creative professional she has worked on a variety of arts projects including numerous public art commissions: Go Superlambanana’s, Go Penguin and the Horse Parade in Cheltenham. In early 2011 she ran a medium term (6 weeks) Arts Project: Rags Boutique. In this she secured the funding to run the project which consisted of transforming a disused Retail Unit in to an exhibition space and workshop venue. This revolved around the theme of fashion from reclaimed materials and was a great success. Liverpool based, working throughout the UK and on occasions internationally. Her initial degree was in 3D Design in which she specialized in plastics as a medium. This is evident in her current practice around the use of heat sealed technologies for re-working discarded plastic bags. Her working methods vary from hand painting, improvisation of printed digital media to tradition craft practice, all to the highest of standards. Highly conceptual in her approach her enthusiasm for creative practice is evident and conveyed through her communication methods. In the pieces created for the event she has experimented with disused car tires and other media to create the forms presented. The raw nature of the car tire media combined with hands on production techniques have produced the artifacts on display.”
Extract from the book I am writing looking at how being part of a minority grouping was a factor in the sexual assault Tracey Emin suffered at the age of thirteen was not being reported to the Police by herself or her Mother.
”The figure’s for non reporting of rape crime is greater when the victims are from of minority groups or of low economic status. Emin’ mother was of Romanichal descent, her Great Grandfather on her Fathers side was a Sudanese slave of the Ottoman Empire. Her father was of Turkish-Cypriot origin and was in fact married with another family at the same time as his relationship with Emin’ mother. In reality both Emin and her twin brother were born out of Wedlock and could not be considered anything other than socially excluded from mainstream society in sixties Britain. In her 2002 work ‘The New Black’ Emin explored the racial tension she felt growing up in London and later Margate. The appliqué blanket identifies the year as 1963, the year of Emin’ birth. It includes slogan such as ‘They said Niger Lover’ which would relate to Emin’ Mothers relationship with a mixed race Turkish Man. Other Terms such as WOG and the satirical ‘But this is England Darling’ relate to the families status as racial outsiders. Although they had owned the ‘Hotel International’ for a period when Emin was young this was not a grand hotel, it was in fact more of a Bed and Breakfast in the summer and catered for long term unemployed needing accommodation in the winter months. ‘Hotel International’ was actually repossessed and when her Father left, their mother moving the small family into an outbuilding where they were effectively squatting for many years.”
Proposal I put together last week for the 2016 Liverpool Light Night:
”Project Plunge intends to create a collection of large pod like forms, around 10 in total, maximum size being 2 meters in diameter. The use of clear polythene sheeting filled with shredded paper, each pod being a different and potentially luminous colour. The intention of the Pods are for them to be fully interactive: jumped on, bounced against, thrown around, stacked together or pushed apart. Creating a full scale interactive Art Installation.
Experimentation is key to this piece through the used of colours, some of which will be luminous and vary across the spectrum. The forms can then be moved around to re-arrange the pending colours into new sequences and layout patterns. Potential for children to create play scape, the elderly to use as informal seating. Teenagers to create action games for adults to photograph.”