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Untitled, 1.24.28-4 Drawing

Allison Plastridge


Drawing, Watercolor on Paper

Size: 16.1 W x 12.2 H x 0 D in

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This work is done on Arches watercolor cold pressed 140 pound paper. It was made on my dining room table in my previous apartment in Hong Kong. I was finding it challenging to get to my shared studio in Wong Chuk Hang so I tried to make some work at home, where I could do things a bit faster and more efficiently. I played around with my imagination, which is often a bit unusual for me. I wanted to see what might bubble up rather spontaneously without judgement or criticism. I was thinking about larger themes such as aging as a woman, sexuality, nudity, vulnerability, motherhood, childhood, male and female relations and sexuality. And I was also reading a lot of poetry. I like to think about the blank space on the paper as occupying space. The positive and negative of the lines and space is very important to me, I think I intuitively try to find a kind of peaceful balance. I like very simple and elegant lines. I don't mind the idea of illustration. I may have been thinking a bit about the plant drawings of Ellsworth Kelly at the time. Or perhaps the prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, France.

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Drawing:Watercolor on Paper

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Size:16.1 W x 12.2 H x 0 D in

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Born and raised in New England, Allison Plastridge is a five-year resident of Singapore, following ten years in Hong Kong after eight years in Tokyo. She paints portraits of her immediate family, particularly her children, and preferably from life. She also has a series of on-going self-portraits in various media. She aims to create works that convey a sense of poetry of the everyday. Plastridge offers portrait commissions in graphite on paper and oil on canvas. She writes, "sitting for a portrait is a process. It is an active exchange between sitter and artist; a collaboration." In January 2019, Allison moved with her family to Singapore where she has developed a more personal and intuitive manner of working in “abstract” watercolors and ‘visual poems.” Plastridge received her diploma in painting from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (1994) and her B.A. with Honors from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts (1987). Plastridge was awarded the Harriet Hale Wooley Scholarship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris (1992) and fourth prize in the Talens Figurative Painting Competition in Paris (1992). Her work was also selected as part of the Paul-Louis Weiller Portrait Prize Competition and the Pierre David-Weil Drawing Prize Competition, both at the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1991). Plastridge's work has been exhibited and is held in private collections in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Allison Plastridge writes, "my paintings come from a reverence for and a curiosity about the visual world and about the past. I make paintings about fleeting moments, when the present slips into the past. I come to each work differently, sometimes by looking at my collection of old maps and newspapers, tearing a page and gluing it down as collage. I take inspiration from wandering through the wet markets of the cities in which I live to see if a particular fish or fruit catches my attention, the iridescent skin or glistening eye; an unusual color, shape or texture. I immediately imagine such an image in dialogue with the torn page of text and, very spontaneously, I begin to paint. I work quickly to capture this temporality, allowing bare parts of the canvas or parts of the fish unpainted. The canvases are often small and intimate in scale and dimension. In my work, I strive for a more 'abstract notion' of the fish rather than a literal translation of the visual."

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