Alison Lowry

14.08 – 20.09.2015
In the exhibition ”Contained”, Alison Lowry presented a collection of works where she examined how we are constrained by ourselves, our memories and physical environment. The exhibition included works shown at the Ebeltoft Glass museum in Denmark in 2015 and new work where she delt with similar questions.

An installation and sculptures of various sizes where Lowry respondsed to ideas of memory, both personal and collective, with a focus on its reconstruction and deconstruction was at show at s12. She was concerned with a scientific approach to remembering, be it neurological and surgical, false or implied, physical and emotional.

During a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass, Alison started investigating the psychological phenomenon, ‘Repetition Compulsion’. This term was first coined by Freud in 1914, and describes a compulsion to repeat a traumatic event or the circumstances surrounding it over and over again.

This interest led to a research of memory, specifically traumatic memory and where it is placed within the brain and how we can essentially be ‘held captive’ by our past. Alison Lowry is now collaborating with Tony Gee, Professor of PET Chemistry at the Kings College London hoping that this new research will drive this body of work in new directions.

Alison Lowry is a glass artist based in Belfast. She graduated from the University of Ulster in 2009 and has since won several awards, including the Silver Medal from the Royal Ulster Academy in 2010 and the Warm Glass Prize in 2010 and 2011. Prior to her degree Alison Lowry studied textiles, completing a City and Guilds in Creative embroidery. This interest was apparent in the work she showed in the Young& Loving! exhibitions both in 2011 and 2012. Alison Lowry is an artist in resident at S12 during August.

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