Let's all do the Conga, 2013
Acrylic and emulsion on canvas
Original size: Number 3 of set of four 47 x 54 cm each (h x w)
Photographer: Simon Pantling
Living in Manchester and working at Islington Mill, Salford, Alison Erika Forde creates paintings and objects that draw on dreams and memories of past experiences. Her imagery and illustrative style is influenced as much by book illustration, comic strips and kitsch as it is by fine art’s history. Alison uses found materials such as existing prints and ornaments discovered in charity shops and second hand stores, alongside other discarded and donated items given to her by family and friends. Using the formal qualities and past histories of these objects as starting points, she creates engaging images which on initial viewing have a disarming playfulness. Closer inspection however, reveals a cast of wide-eye characters frequently facing impending peril and uncomfortable scenes enacted on the periphery.
Forde graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a 1st class BA (Hons) Fine Art. Her first solo public gallery exhibition, The Tallest of Tales took place in 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery. Other solo exhibitions include Smotherland at The International 3 and Better Out Than In at Mas Art Galeria, Barcelona. Group exhibitions include: Not at this address, Bury Art Museum, 2001 and Finding the Value, York St Mary's, 2014. She is also a founder member of the artists’ collective Yiiikes! whose recent installation exhibitions/projects have taken place at Islington Mill, Salford, Bury Light Night, Bury and as part of Sounds From The Other City festival.