Alison Pilkington Lives and work in Dublin and London and is currently completing a PhD in Fine Art Practice – Painting at National College Art and Design Dublin. In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London. She was selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London (2012), shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013) and was awarded 3rd prizewinner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.
She says of her work that ‘The uncanny is associated with a feeling of disorientation, mild panic or confusion when faced with something strangely familiar and has been a frequent subject of the visual arts and literature. In my recent body of work I am interested in what Freud termed “the friendly aspect” of the uncanny. Strangely familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate. In this work I attempt to explore this aspect of the uncanny and invite the viewer to considermy idea of ‘un-homely’ feeling and how I try to express it thrugh my paintings.
I focus on how imagery interacts with the intrinsic qualities of paint, how the paint material moves and how it can be played with.’