Allison Grant: Unsoiled

February 10 – March 8, 2015
Arrowhead Gallery
Marsh by Allison Grant, 2010, Archival Pigment Print, 32 x 40 in.

Allison Grant's Project Statement:
My artwork is based on environmental science and my interest in the impact of human refuse on ecology and the global environment. Photographs of landscapes often depict a pristine environment that is devoid of any human imprint. However, the reality is that byproducts of human consumption such as plastics and other refined materials are omnipresent. Using plastics and synthetic materials to create representations of natural landscapes, my photographs examine this conflict and illustrate how refuse is in many ways here to stay as a presence in the landscape, perhaps forever. I set up scenes that often include appropriated images taken from various media sources. By working with imagery found in popular culture, I aim to highlight ways the concept of nature is often fictionalized through technology and the conventions of photography. It is my hope that my work will raise challenging and important questions about the role of representation in society’s views and attitudes towards environmental issues.

Allison Grant is a Chicago based artist, educator, and curator. She received an MFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004. Works by Grant have been widely exhibited at venues including the DePaul Art Museum, Azimuth Projects, and Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, among others. Her works are held in public collections at DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and 4-Culture in Seattle.

Lecture: February 24, 2015
in Von Ohlen Hall, room 114, Sugar Grove Campus
All our lectures are free and open to the general public.

Workshop: February 24, 2015
in Bodie Hall, room 205, Sugar Grove Campus
Our workshops are open to all current WCC students (registration required).

For more information about the art exhibitions at Waubonsee Community College, contact Cecilia Vargas, Art Coordinator, at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2964.


Art Department:

Art Coordinator:
Cecilia Vargas, Von Ohlen Hall 209
(630) 466-7900 ext. 2964

Art Lab Assistant:
Esther Espino, Von Ohlen Hall 240
(630) 466-7900 ext. 5742