Alyson Agar (b.1981) is an artist and lecturer living and working in the north-east of England.
Primarily exploring analogue processes, her photographic works explore dialogue between photographic and sculptural practices; with a view to explore the spaces between these disciplines. A playful and experimental approach to subject and composition, and the assimilation of sculptural form characterise her images. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including: Japan, Santorini Biennale of Arts and New York. She has recently undertaken residencies in Iceland and the Ukraine. Alyson has been lecturing in the History of Art since 2003.
Eliza Chauncey of Dame End
The painting of Eliza Chauncy of Dane End holds a particular enigmatic, yet
ethereal quality. It can be dated between the late 1840s and early 1850s, and the
artist who created it is unknown.
Within the painting, there is a strong sense of the unknown - or the
undiscovered. We see Eliza clothed in formal black dress, holding a small
leather-bound book, seated in front of a large window, framed by a heavy red
curtain. Through the window, a lush, green landscape beckons.
Compositionally, the relationship between the yielding green hills outside in
contrast to the dark green interior walls, provides interesting dialogue.
The contrast between the heavy red curtains and the fertile lands outside
perhaps also connote the idea of escapism, reinforced further by the small black
leather-bound book on Eliza Chauncy’s lap, as conceivably a learned symbol.
I chose to respond to this painting in the collection by re imagining and
reinterpreting the landscape outside Eliza Chauncy’s window. Particularly I was
interested in composition and the approach to formal values, with the intention
of extending the language and symbolism of colour seen in the painting. Using
expired analogue film to garner an experimental approach to recording, I
became interested in documenting my surrounding environment; recontextualising
and further developing the narrative of the painting of Eliza
More information about Alyson and her work at - http://www.alysonagar.com/about/