Interface

Alison Slak's body of work "Interface" will explore the gray areas and emotions in life. She will be working closely with the idea of color energies, the impermanence of life, an idea of community and love. She hopes the work will enable a release in order to contribute to the next generation of beautiful minds and compassionate souls.

I am: Vrksasana

I am attached to the earth.
I don’t move, but I sway;
I don’t talk, but I speak.
The breeze hits my arms
As I reach to the sky.
I taste the wind.
I dance with the birds.
I am home-
I am here.

My art works address personal and social enigmas and narratives derived from myth, legend and ritual as they weave into contemporary life. A lifelong study of yoga and close attention to my dreams has informed my attempts to ‘yoke’ the sensual and metaphysical world, and the work and play of daily life. Continually seeking the marvelous, my response is to combine and construct, in search of beauty, humor and delight.
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My art works address personal and social enigmas and narratives derived from myth, legend and ritual as they weave into contemporary life. A lifelong study of yoga and close attention to my dreams has informed my attempts to ‘yoke’ the sensual and metaphysical world, and the work and play of daily life. Continually seeking the marvelous, my response is to combine and construct, in search of beauty, humor and delight.

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My work in the show Free Money at NYCH Gallery. It will be up until June 6th.

My work in the show Free Money at NYCH Gallery. It will be up until June 6th.

Great turn out at Free Money!Thank you to all of those who were able to make it out! The show will be up until June 6th at NYCH Gallery: 643 West 18th Street. Chicago, IL 60616 

Great turn out at Free Money!Thank you to all of those who were able to make it out! The show will be up until June 6th at NYCH Gallery: 643 West 18th Street. Chicago, IL 60616 

Occasionally
A human being
Saw my light
Rushed in
Got singed
Got scared
Rushed out
Called fire
Or it happened
That he tried
To subdue it
Or it happened
That he tried to extinguish it
Never did a friend
Enjoy it
The way it was.
So I learned to
Turn it low
Turn it out
When I meet a
stranger—
Out of courtesy
I turn on a soft
Pink light
Which is found
modest
Even charming.
it is protection
Against wear
and tears…
And when
I am rid of
The Always-to-be-
Stranger
I turn on my light
And become
myself.

—Florine Stettheimer

This is an illustration for my applied drawing class in which we had to create a scene from a novel we had read recently. I chose the book “Embraced by the Light” by Betty J Eadie. This scene is one in which she describes her experience in a garden during her near death experience.

This is an illustration for my applied drawing class in which we had to create a scene from a novel we had read recently. I chose the book “Embraced by the Light” by Betty J Eadie. This scene is one in which she describes her experience in a garden during her near death experience.

"Compilation" - oil paint, sand, gesso, flour, sugar, salt, pine cones on canvas.
This painting explores figure and object and how much of the image should be diffused. 

"Compilation" - oil paint, sand, gesso, flour, sugar, salt, pine cones on canvas.

This painting explores figure and object and how much of the image should be diffused. 

Critique Notes

Reactions

-The feeling from the work which is created seems like a landscape or atmosphere.

-Issues within the work include the ambiguity between macro and micro.

-Residue of Winter

-The paintings are more non objective than abstract.

-Look up “In Wonderland”

-Feminism, Magic and Real were commented upon

-One critiqued did not like the use of sand in the images, the other did.

Things to Work On/Criticism/Expanding on Spirituality:

-Presentation: Referring my interest in the number three maybe display the works in a series of three to tie that in

-Work on wood or a cotton sheet

-Get rid of the thin canvas

-Representation in Abstraction: does not need to be literal; look up Hinduism for concrete references or go see a Hindu temple near Chicago. When looking for references within imagery pay attention to drums, the cloth which is worn, and food and taste in religious rituals

-Go to China Town for their New Year or visit a Vietnamese Temple

-Think about getting your color resources from nature through different colored juices or earthly materials to make your own colors

-It is important to experience these things to draw in more spiritual energy, focus on your experience of these things

-Pay attention to the process of the material and how it reacts on the canvas

-Think about using colors to reference chakras in structure.

-Lack of object metaphor

Reference

-Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings

-Lao Tzu quotes

-Read more books

-Sketch in the museum, specifically in the Chang Dynasty section

How to Incorporate Activism

-MCA political artists in the past two years:look it up

-Smart Museum

-Indian Activists

-Art and Activism Critical Encounters 

-Farrah te Tusi

-Hull House volunteering

-Paper making garden

-Art Papers, E Art Now, E Flex

Sister Pieces- “Untitled” -A step toward creating atmospheres. Gesso, oil paint, sand, flour, sugar, salt on canvas