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16 August, 2022 - 27 August, 2022

16 August – 27 August 2022

Tuesday – Friday 12pm to 6pm
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Tuesday & Friday evenings 6pm – 8pm
admission: Free

Emerging subconsciously without directed thought or language, Alison Russell’s graphite, ink and pastel drawings go through an intuitive journey of addition, subtraction and rotation.

Drifted One, 2021, ink, pastel and graphite on paper, 65.0 x 230.0 cm

Drifted Nine, 2021, pastel and graphite on paper, 130.0 x 90.0 cm

Drifted Six, 2021, pastel and graphite on paper, 90.0 x 65.0 cm

Drifted Four, 2020, ink, pastel and graphite on paper, 115.0 x 90.0 cm

Drifted One, 2020, graphite and coloured pencil on paper, 55.0 x 115.0 cm

Alison Russell, Drifted (Exhibition Installation), 2022.

Alison Russell, Drifted (Exhibition Installation), 2022.

Dreams drifted me off
Reality left behind
Endless freedom found
(Demetrius Trifiatis)

My drawings are created without directed thought or language. They roam, wander, twist
and turn. Starting with random mark marking, they take on a momentum of their own until
semblances of images emerge. I use techniques as starting points to stimulate imagery
from the subconscious mind. Continuous line drawing and doodling can encourage
meandering thoughts from which to build. Combining ink, water and salt enables
transformations of found shapes and structures. Erasing graphite, ink and pastel marks
with rubbers or water (if using yupo paper) leaves ghost prints to further develop. I see
lines and I follow them; marks take on forms and I explore them as they lead me on an
intuitive, meditative journey. With the accompaniment of music, a euphoric trance-like state
can be reached.

Rotation of the paper while working is an integral part of the process, forcing the eye to
see in other ways. Numerous configurations in which to view diptychs and triptychs are
possible. Which way is up? The excitement of resolving struggles to enable the work to
reveal itself is addictive.

The consistent subject matter in my imaginary landscapes is triggered by an enduring
fascination with textures, patterns and life forms in the natural world. Although I don’t draw
directly from nature or use references to create the works, these worlds run parallel with
my art. Ambiguous macro scenes suggest forests, subterranean and underwater worlds.
Soft, curved biomorphic forms merge internal and external worlds.

Drawing has become my passion. As I come from a printmaking background where
planned and controlled processes were required, it has been liberating to relinquish rigid
methods and embrace spontaneous exploration.

The works in this exhibition were made during the pandemic. As I worked on my art, my art
worked on me as a therapy, providing comfort in times of stress and anxiety. I invite the
viewer to engage with these works – to drift, dream, meditate and escape.

Artist’s Bio // Alison Russell

Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in Printmaking
Monash University, Caulfield

Solo Exhibitions
Acufitz, Melbourne
Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
Group Exhibitions
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
Finalist in Life Abstracted
Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne
Alafia Gallery, Melbourne
Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne
Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne
Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne
Linden Gallery, Melbourne
Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne


16 August, 2022
27 August, 2022
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45 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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