Alison Weld has been an abstract painter for more than thirty years. She believes that her work is a form of visual diary, revealing responses to both the natural and social worlds. She looks to abstraction, when either creating her works or contemplating those of others, for evidence of a passionate response to life. Searching out the abstract present in all artworks, whether those of the past or of today, she takes away thoughts of color and line, movement and proportion, surface and scale, ultimately asserting that abstraction is visual philosophy, however intuitive and silent it may appear.
Weld’s diptychs from the Home Economics and Flower Juxtaposition series combine distinct visual vocabularies and materials—paint and stretched panels of fabric; paint and collaged bouquets of painted, artificial flowers on wood panels. The two parts of the diptychs are at times closely integrated, and at other times contrast dramatically with each other. Their intense materiality invokes both the life force of the natural world and her responses to the traditional domestic expectations of the feminine sphere.
Weld received a BFA from the SUNY College of Art and Design at Alfred University and a MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She moved to NYC immediately after finishing graduate school, and still resides in the area. Weld’s work has been exhibited nationally and she has had more than twenty solo exhibitions, among them a 2006 mid-career survey at the Springfield Museum of Art in Ohio and a 2010 mid-career retrospective at the University of Memphis Art Museum. She is included in the Feminist Art Base, the international website of the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She currently has studios in upstate NY as well as Jersey City.