Alison Stinely is an emerging artist from Erie, Pennsylvania. She has received a BFA in Painting from Edinboro University and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Alison speaks about her work:
“The figure as subject has always been my primary interest for both its physical and emotive qualities.
“It has remained the constant while my practice has evolved. My most recent works attempt to utilize both of these features: the beautiful complexity of anatomical structures and their profound ability to propel narrative. My desire to intertwine both aspects of the figure as subject has resulted in the creation of large-scale, narrative figure paintings that investigate personal myth.
“The conditions of superstition and paranoia were instilled in me at a young age. I wore a Brown Scapular for an entire year – afraid to remove it while bathing lest I drowned in its absence. At the age of seven I realized Santa Claus did not exist and never wore the Scapular again.
“I have lived within many other fairy tales since childhood, it is a cyclical phenomenon. My most recent Paintings display the history of my guiding mythologies & superstitions; many of which are simultaneously commonplace and highly personal. Recognizable subjects and private imagery fill the compositions and mythologies of the past are represented in tandem with personal experiences – parallels that are illustratively rendered. Plot twists are anthropomorphized and positioned in opposition of one-another.
“Creating these works has provided an opportunity to expel some of the muck that was created by my own disillusionment. They are multifaceted self-portraits that discuss superstition; the adoption of unreasonable belief systems and the psychological consequences of participation.”
Visit Alison's website at http://www.AlisonStinely.com.