Ali J McFadden artist

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Recently, in my work  I have been considering surface to surface and imprint. Trace and gesture also play a part. Themes of female strength, grace, feeling and A + B = C are at the critical heart of my research.   Training for specific projects. Power and control.  Exploring theoretical ideas of affect, embodiment and phenomenology.

Art process involves performance and movement in the studio and outside in different sites.

Currently in my materials, I am exploring clay and plaster casting. Clay has that capacity to expand out the view, time stretching back to when the first hands made a print upon a cave wall and forwards into the future as a material, natural and available for future generations to use. Plaster too is a traditional material.  Being used in a contemporary way to make Impact Trace Objects.

Running through all the work a story about two people, Max & Scarlett.

‘Scarlett thought for a long time that his eyes were black…But for now she saw it, yet didn’t place herself quite in the position she could fully and sensually occupy.’

Ali lead punch bag close up (2) 14th Aug

Box (3) lead punch bag

 

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Box (1) terracotta clay with sillicon and Box (4) air dry clay

Films of the performative process of these pieces being made can be found on my other web site

http://alisonmcfadden.com/films/

Embodiment

Poiesis

…as night gathers at the end of the day…

& that blue infuses the work at times

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The nature of poetry is the founding of truth (Heidegger 1971: 75) Art too has a poetic origin…‘ (Fifty key contemporary Thinkers, Lechte, J, Routlege, 2008, p. 31)

 

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Summer studio with imprinted clay and grey gym rings

 

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Imprinting the clay in the Winter studio

 

 

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Detail of the clay during the process of imprinting the surface using gym rings and movement drawing on dance, gymnastics and weight training.

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Homage to Nauman Love Movement Dance

Performing a repetitive dance step around a hexagon filmed using a Flip camera strapped to both an arm & leg

Still from a film

 

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Detail of the clay from Life Drawing Movement performance

My last project was using stoneware porcelain to make floor tiles, using the Gym Rings to firstly imprint the tiles with feet and hands and then to decorate with coloured slips. This work has been investigative, to see how the process pushes the materials.

The outcome from this work was recently exhibited as part of a solo show at The Garden Galley, Farnham Museum, alongside a film of the making process.

Also, I have been painting on canvases, using the Gym Rings in the process.  The beginning of a series called Pairings.  The first two paintings are Hot & Mesmerising. (Images of these paintings are further down the page.)

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The Gym Rings in my Winter studio with purpose built structure

My research is now centering on the body and in particular, muscles.  I am beginning to explore the theme of Muscle Memory.  As a young girl I did gymnastics and my physical research is starting by exploring how Muscle Memory affects a relearning of gymnastics and taking that into performance as part of the process of making art works.

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Muscle memory has been used synonymously with motor learning, which is a form of procedural memory that involves consolidating a specific motor task into memory through repetition. When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term muscle memory is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. This process decreases the need for attention and creates maximum efficiency within the motor and memory systems. Examples of muscle memory are found in many everyday activities that become automatic and improve with practice, such as riding a bicycle, typing on a keyboard, typing in a PIN, playing a melody or phrase on a musical instrument, or martial arts.(2)

Researching body molding & casting, training specifically in the gym, dance studio and landscape to start working on this area.  Physicality in fitness training, dance, movement and play in the studio and landscape inform my artistic practice.  In my art practice I take a multidisciplinary approach and I am exploring and researching different mediums.

A selection of my work follows….

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Slopes training under the A3 as part of investigating parkour with Charlie Briggs, Free Runner/parkour trainer.

 

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Gym Rings 1 Trace 1 in the making

 

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Gym Rings 1 Trace 1 Blue Yellow

Acrylic on primed MDF board (240cm X120cm)

 

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High Kicks 1 ballet shoes and prints

graphite on handmade paper

 

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High Kicks 3 installation detail

Graphite on paper roll

 

Ali High Kicks 3 in teh James Hockey Gallery

Graphite on paper roll & props from the installation performance

 

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Film stills from Love Dance Movement film and experimentation

 

Gym Rings (wall) Alison McFadden Photo credit Jasper Sandford-McFadden

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Experimenting with the Gym Rings

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Experimenting with Moves for the Gym Rings Mirror work

 

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Gym Rings 1 wall board

Acrylic on sheeting & MDF board 240cm x 120cm

 

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Gym Rings 1 wall board yellow blue 2 gold

Acrylic on primed MDF board 240cm x 120cm

 

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High Kicks 2 left leg 1

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High Kicks 2 left leg with resistance

 

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High Kicks 1

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High Kicks 3 in The James Hockey Gallery

 

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Film stills from Love Dance Movement film July 2014

 

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Gym Rings Mirror

 

 

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Stills from the film Run

 

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Gym Rings 3 Floor Boards in the making

Acrylic paint on primed MDF boards x 3 175cm x 122cm

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 Ballet shoes

Three Leather shoes used for dancing in and for making paintings and one cast in bronze

 

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Ronde Du Jambe a Terre, Ballet Step Pour

Fallow & Ball interior paint on primed canvas

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Gym Rings 4 muslin

 

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Life Drawing Movement session at UCA Farnham for the BA Fine Art students.  Above, researching clay.

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Detail of Section 5 of the plaster cast of the clay from the Life Drawing Movement session.

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Pairings 1 Hot

(formerly Gym Rings 2,8,12,KHLFM)

New work, this is the first painting in the shared studio, December 2014.

Words B

If you were a word

What would it be?

Handsome

Attractive

Hot

Yes, all of those yet

they miss that you are

caring

attentive (mostly)

occasionally indifferent

blank

evasive

shy?

Strong

Fit

Happy

Warm

Knowledgeable

Informative

Helpful

Genuine, (although also a bit

mischievous and full of bull occasionally)

Mine

I wish!…..

Desirous

Admirable

Confident

Changeable

distant, at times

close, sometimes

formulaic, a bit

professional

a twinkle in the eye

available? (no!)

a fantasy (yes!)

but a worthwhile one

so which word 

climbs to the top

confident

hot

confident

hot

confident

hot

yeah, let’s stick with

Hot.

 

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Pairings 1 Hot, being made in the studio

Acrylic paint on primed stretched linen 180cm x 150cm

 

 

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Mirror Me

Like a Moscow metro map

Words but little understanding

Routes but lost in the looking

Which colour takes me on?

 

Seeking love to rely on…

God’s love, true love, heart-felt

And deep

Lost because it is there

The mirror is responding but

Very unclear

Buddha says, polish harder

 

Tear drops fall on hot cheeks and

Kiss desert lips

Heart hurts and stomach churns

Two painkillers numb down

Wait…………………………life comes in…

As surely as the river meets the ocean.

 

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Blue Fitness Dance Story

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Mesmerising

Acrylic paint on primed stretched linen 150cm x 120cm (Jan 2015)

Words A

If I were a word

What would it be?

Useful, that’s funny

I meant useless!

Guardian angel took over

Think positive

That’s better

 

If I were a word

What would it be

Silent

Becoming (in two senses?)

Mesmerising was once

awarded to me by

someone with impact

How I wish that

was heartfelt

Artist dancer gymnast painter sculptor

Artist playing with being a

dancer gymnast painter sculptor

 

If  I were a word

What would it be?

Arriving

Landing

flying

jumping

elegant, awarded once by someone it meant

alot from

caring

poet

 

in fact one word

preparing

entrancing

becoming

mesmerising

I like those

I’ll stick with those

But one word?

Mesmerising,

I wish!

Now that is worth striving for.

 

 

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Working on Gym Rings Floor Tiles 1

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008813043616

The link above takes you to my Face Book time line where there is two short films of working on Gym Rings floor Tiles 1

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Slopes training

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Detail of Playful Connections

Stoneware Porcelain Floor Tiles (1 of 12) using gym Rings in the making process.

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Life Drawing Movement plaster casts in the Fitness Stories exhibition at The Garden  Gallery, Farnham Museum

Ali Unit 3 studio installation with screens

 

At the End of the Day

At the end of the day

As the inner world of desire and fantasy meets

The external space and reality

The exchange and connections made

As the surfaces meld

At the meeting point

It reveals the cracks

Gaps

And places where it all hangs together

What is and what isn’t is shown

Material Metaphors

Movement driven with feeling

Through time

Dreams dormant

Subject altered

Dancing with clay feet

And golden wings

How the legs stretch

Alice style

And the heart cracks and races

A roller coaster tumble

On the rings

The circus

Takes a bow

Yellow Red Blues

Purple Amber Lilac

And soon a touch of Gold

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Ali slip bowls cracked red

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Making clay molds for Becoming Visible Invisible plaster frieze for the I’kletic Gallery for Dis ruptive group exhibition July 2015

My other websites can be found at these web addresses

http://alisonmcfadden.com/

https://ajmcfadden.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/alison-mcfadden-artist/

and my Face book address is

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008813043616

Quote 1 & 2 wikipedia (full reference details is on Reflective Writing page)

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9 thoughts on “Ali J McFadden artist

    • Hi Morwenna,

      Thank you for your encouraging comment. It is possible that you could see some of the work performed or something similar, using clay, in the James Hockey Gallery, at UCA Farnham, sometime in the New Year. I will keep you posted.

      Best,

      Alison

  1. Alison having having seen your work at the Summer Exhibition at Farnham UCA, and now just checking out your website, I would just like to say that I love the visual complexity of your paintings and the way the your pieces rhythmically occupy the canvas. The controlled freedom and sense of movement that is displayed in your paintings, along with the range of paint textures that you have achieved is really interesting.
    I am really looking forward to seeing more of your work and how it progresses.
    Sandra Peyton – Ealing London

    • Louise, thank you for your lovely comment. Yes there are some shots of me moving towards the mirror. I will put one in the post page ‘Studio Practice’ so you can see one or two. Scroll down to 11th Aug 2014 entry.

      The space was fabulous. I need somewhere to put my Gym Rings now!

  2. Some wonderful pictures here Alison. The movement with the rings looks really interesting. Motionhouse dance group uses swings and ropes in some choreography.

    Inspirational…

    Bryan

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