About the Artist
Alison has co-created three environmentally based exhibitions at Harbour House, Kingsbridge: Loving the Beach (2013), The Magic Forest (2015) and Sea Sense (2017). She is currently planning another exhibition, Between Land and Sea, for 2019. The exhibitions focused on the problems of marine pollution, especially plastics, and featured work made from beach litter. These included a 7m long mermaid and a giant plastic jellyfish.
She works in watercolour and mixed media collage and photography, and previously exhibited in Harbour House’s Open Exhibition in 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016. She has also had work presented in Red Propellor Gallery. Most recent pieces were inspired by walks along beaches as she completed the South West Coast path. They contained items found on beaches in North and South Devon and Cornwall, but also from the Red Sea, Australia, Massachusetts, Maine and Nantucket.
Alison has 30 years experience in public relations and management as a practitioner, academic and author. Now running her own communications consultancy, The Spark, she has worked with SHAF and individual artists to help them promote their work more effectively.
TRAIL 2018 Exhibition Piece
Title: Coffee Coral
Coffee coral was created for our exhibition Sea Sense at Harbour House, Kingsbridge in 2017. The exhibition focussed on beach litter, and particularly plastic waste. Coffee Coral was a response to the many disposable cup lids we found, and to draw attention to the number of outlets still using single-use plastic.
There is a plywood base on which is mounted a plastic drum lid. ‘Growing’ from that are coffee cup lids, mounted on wire cores.