Allison Hoey will graduate from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Allison was born in Santa Monica, California, but grew up in the small town of Pelham, New Hampshire. During her time at UNH, Allison has had the opportunity to hold a fellowship position at the Museum of Art for two years, and exhibit work in Portsmouth, NH at 3S Art Space, Portsmouth Music & Arts Center, and The New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
Allison’s paintings derive from personal observations of everyday life that linger in her memory. Usually these moments have to do with the physical experience of space and the people within it. Awkward forms and the isolation of or connection between figures in her paintings recount interactions she sees between people and experiences herself. Her use of exaggerated color and distorted figures and space references the altered reality of a remembered moment.
My paintings depict imagined moments of people in domestic, interior spaces. I usually begin with experiences of mundane, daily activities that linger in my memory. These pictures often consist of shallow spaces and people who inhabit them. My visual language reveals my personal understanding of the world through objects that are tilted or unhinged, figures that are obscured and cropped, and forms that are not fully described. Existing in this world feels both awkward and beautiful. There is an unpleasant suffering to our existence within which I see glimpses of a glorious redemption. This is not only a bodily experience but an emotional, spiritual and relational one as well. I am interested in capturing the tension of this dichotomy in my paintings.
I view my studio practice as a process of exploration and discovery, drawing imagery from a combination of photographs, sketches, my own mirrored image and memory. This process allows me to work between the figurative and the abstract to create a world of shape and color that exists as an altered reality. I am not bound to creating illusionistic space or depicting correct proportions. Rather, I am building upon a foundation of observational painting in order to communicate a more personal experience of space that I intuitively construct as I paint. This is reminiscent of the unusual viewpoints in the work of Degas or the experiential perspective of Cézanne. Even more directly, my work is influenced by the implied narrative and breadth of color and surfaces in the work of contemporary artists such as Nicole Eisenman and Ashley Norwood Cooper. I embrace the process of adding and taking away as I paint, responding to the image and what it needs formally. Often, the final image becomes something of its own, yet not completely removed from the original memory that started it.