Allison Spence

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My work explores patterns of irregular bodies, found both in nature and culture, that seem to defy, or intentionally confuse, the very human tendency towards definition. The forms of my research reflect the forms of my subject matter, which frequently branch into the fields of science, technology, and visual culture. The work that emerges is cross-media and interdisciplinary, piecing together disparate subjects. Previously, this research addressed related themes of hybridity and “wholeness,” which resulted in sculptural paintings consisting of multiple crushed and attached canvases or digital textile prints of painted sculpture. Amidst the global pandemic, my work has evolved to investigate issues of touch and disease, working with embroidery-based paintings and collages.

Allison Spence, Pandemic Painting I, embroidery on canvas, 14 x 11” (2020).

Allison Spence, under the tussling surface I, collage on handmade kudzu paper, 13 x 10” (2017).

Allison Spence, under the tussling surface II, collage on handmade kudzu paper, 10 x 13” (2017).

Allison Spence, under the tussling surface VII, collage on handmade kudzu paper, 10 x 13” (2017).

Allison Spence, under the tussling surface III, collage on handmade kudzu paper, 10 x 13” (2017).

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While there is no overarching theme that unites every faculty member in this exhibition, everyone is connected to someone else through a web of ideas and provocations. We encourage you to use these tags to navigate from one scholar to the next, while understanding that these concepts do not fully account for the depth and nuance of the work you are encountering.

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