(b. Milwaukee, 1992) Lives and works in Vancouver, BC
Alison Fast (she/her) is a visual artist whose work aims to question how we experience and perceive things around us. Referring and inspired by concepts of perception, thought, memory, and awareness – Alison’s work limbos between the abstract and the representative, exemplifying how we individually experience and make up meaning of things in the world. Through playful colours, collage, and casual gestural brushstrokes, Alison’s work aims to demonstrate both movement and stillness. The transparencies between layers of colour allow for the acknowledgement of Alison’s process of making and thinking. Each artwork is a reflection of the entanglement between how we experience it, recognize its components, and reflect ourselves within it. The layers and fragments in Alison’s work depict her curiosity about how we can look at things both as a fragmented part of something else, and as a whole itself. The abstracted use of colours and textures, and the subtle conveying of objects in Alison’s work allow us to recognize and relate to the artwork. Alison’s artistic practice aims to reference historical artistic movements like abstract expressionism, provisional painting, and colour field-painting. Drawing from the personal, historical and the contemporary, Alison’s practice investigates questions of meaning-making through how she engages with the material.