Alison Pilon Nokes (b. 1987, Hartford, Connecticut) received an M.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2020. She received a M. Ed in art education from Lesley University in 2012 and a B.A. in art history and studio art from Bowdoin College in 2009, through the course of which she studied in Rome, Italy. Today, Nokes paints abstracted imagery derived from her everyday life. Her works are bright, energetic images that are formed as she processes what it is like to be in her world. Nokes's work was featured in the West Hartford Art League's juried Emerging Artists Exhibition in 2015. Her first solo exhibition took place in Wallingford, Connecticut in 2017. Nokes currently teaches at a small private school in Austin, Texas where she has been living since 2017.
My artistic explorations focus on abstracted imagery that is derived from my everyday life. Through my studio practice, I reflect on what it is like for me to 'be here now.' The courses I teach to students, camping trips I take, the positions my cat assumes while sleeping, the state of my mental health, and more all come into play. My work commemorates my ordinary - it demonstrates that my everyday life is enough inspiration for a multifaceted and thriving practice.
In my practice I take photos often - then I sketch miniature compositions as I look through these images. I intuitively allow myself to abstract shapes, forms, and textures from these images as I draw. The small sketches I like best become the basis for larger paintings. By the time I begin painting, the energy from the original moment is still present, but the imagery is almost completely abstracted.
My compositions often appear playful and childlike - however I make decisions in a deliberate way. I am self-conscious about my use of bright colors, bold shapes, and mixed textures. I am working mainly with quick drying acrylic paint. My process includes the use of brushes, squeegees, crackle paste, molding paste, and some vinyl paint. I keep energized by playing with a variety of application techniques, surface substrates, and manipulations.
My end goal is a final work that has a sense of exuberant energy and offers the viewer an experience of wonder and possibility.
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