University of Hertfordshire

Ms Alison Dalwood MFA

Alison Dalwood

Ms Alison Dalwood MFA

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Alison Dalwood’s recent projects explore ideas about the liminal surface of the picture plane and perception of light and space. She is currently engaged with a series of paintings, which focus on the translucence and the immateriality of light in interior spaces with subjects cropped or angled, layered and reduced with muted, bleached colours. Source material is from her own photographic archive, for example faded wallpaper from a disused school in former Easter Berlin, or windows veiled with net curtains. In these works background and foreground layers intermingle and the visual structures are pushed towards the edge of legibility suggesting movement, or the blurring effects of peripheral vision. Dalwood explores the edge of perception by carefully observing and recording the flux of visual structures and the atmosphere of these empty rooms. Of crucial importance to the ideas out of which these works develop is the deliberate shifting of attention away from the subject matter towards perception and the act of looking. She is interested in revisiting the painterly traditions and methods of Northern European painters of interiors but offering a fresh perspective where attention to the phenomena and experience of both the source image and the painting's surface coexist as subjects for the viewer’s attention.

Time Visible as Moving Light, a permanent installation of photographs of interior spaces veiled with semi-opaque Perspex at the University of Ulster (2007) explored similar issues but with different methods. It is about the relationship between the pictured space and mirroring surface, extending the visual field to the work’s location and capturing transient images as light and passers-by enter and leave the work’s field of vision. The photographs, also of corners of rooms, shadows suggest the hisotory of spaces fomerly inhabited but now empty. She has also worked with more ephemeral interventions devising a series of small convex mirrors which echo the 18th Century Claude glass distorting effect.

Alison Dalwood is co-director of, a project with artists from China. She has collaborated with galleries internationally and in the UK and is the recipient of awards from the Arts Council of England, Oppenheim John Downes and the Vice Chancellors Award, University of Hertfordshire. Projects include: Laboratory of Light and Space and Claude Glass. She has exhibited her work widely including at: Sihlquai55, Zürich, Switzerland, Interart Gallery, Beijing, Beijing New Art Projects, Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Germany, I Space, Chicago, John Moores, Liverpool and Galerie Unwhar, Berlin. Solo shows include: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, Globe Gallery, Newcastle and Academia Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria. Residencies include Harcourt Arboretum, University of Oxford and Institute for New Media, Frankfurt am Main.


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