Artwork statement for Fabricated Narratives
My work is concerned with the messages, stories and narratives given by shape and colour in abstract forms. The ‘reading’ of paintings has been often discussed and theorised and a work of art which ‘speaks’ to a viewer can convey stunningly powerful messages. I am intrigued by this aspect of visual art making and continue to investigate how this works though my textiles. I am using the power of abstract expressionism to explore interactions and ripples of influence in my works.
General Artist Statement
I work primarily in copper, bronze, brass, stainless steel and pewter in the form of metal shims and woven metal fabrics. A scientific background and continuing interest in the natural environment and it’s connection with human existence is often combined with a fascination about the traditions of widely differing cultures and times. I have an experimental and curious nature leading to continuously evolving and changing works investigating new dimensions in textiles. Overall I aim to be at once personal and universal, both disconcerting and fascinating. My textiles include outdoor sculptural works, wearable art and installation in addition to work for walls.
Alysn Midgelow-Marsden is an experienced freelance artist in fine art textiles, an author, tutor and gallery director (developing, owning and managing a gallery in the UK for 13 years and recently being the Creative Industries Education Coordinator at Northtec, NZ. Awards include the Bernina Award for the most Innovative use of the sewing machine, NZ, 2015 and winner of Timeless Textiles (Brooch #2), AUS. She was awarded a 2(I) Joint Honours Degree in Marine Biology and Biochemistry from Bangor University (Wales) and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Systematics from Loughborough University (UK). In addition, she has professional qualifications in Textiles and Embroidery, Professional Arts Practice and E-commerce.