After originally training as a clothes designer, Alison Stockmarr decided to retrain at Colchester School of Art studying Textiles and 3D Design in order to persue her passion for art.
Alison is a contemporary British Artist producing collaged 3-D artworks from old books and record sleeves, found ephemera and original photographs. Currently she creates collaged artworks that she defines in distinct categories; Face Books, Picture Booksand Alphabetical Encyclopaedias, all carried off with her signature playfulness and semantic irony.
Face Books are a collection of work poking fun at social media. By matching old photographs with suitably titled books, profiles are constructed, creating a library of invented friends of yesteryear. Apertures are cut into books with photographs and ephemera collaged within their pages. Narratives are composed to complete the picture! These assemblages of everyday archaeologies afford the viewer glimpses of stories or notions and her pithy profiles offer an alternative perspective of Facebook and the like.
Her Picture Books are carefully considered illustrated bookart. Taking the original book title as her starting point she collages in detailed layers with found ephemera, creating 3-D dioramas.
Alphabetical Encyclopaedias are a recent addition, where encyclopaedias fall open on a specific page and subject matter. Illustrated with collaged ephemera, imagery chases from one aperture, over the page and into the other. Each letter of the alphabet is to be illustrated. So far she has ‘A for Alphabet’, ‘B for Birds’ and ‘C for Children, seen and not heard!’.
With her extensive library of Book Art and Collages, she now produces giclee prints and exhibits work nationally and internationally.