Allison Roberts: Trace
Viewing our exhibits is free because of the generosity of Horicon Bank.
Exhibition will be on display from March 18, 2021 – May 1, 2021
In my lens-based work, I explore memory, place, and identity, as experienced during periods of transition; the distortions of memory and discomfort of uncertainty impacting the present. I use exteriors and interiors, domestic materials, and evocative objects, as both subject and screen— merging image and surface to mirror the memories, emotions, and expectations that we carry within us, the mind a vessel of nostalgia.
My work is situated at the intersection of still photography, video, digital assembly, and installation. I photograph site-responsive projections to capture the ephemeral, performative relationship between projection and surface. The projected imagery of domestic interiors and exteriors contrasts the real with the idealized, and the remembered with the present, as a means of exploring expectations and assumptions.
My work exists at the edge of uncertainty where change— unwanted, feared, unavoidable— is a constant. I address this disquieting state of ambiguity by merging image with surface, the rigid, geometric format of the resulting digital photograph or video containing the discomfort of the vague and ill-defined. This constrained space imparts a sense of order and familiarity.