Carlier’s work seeks to address questions around the mutability of language, specifically through drawing, text and speech. She is particularly interested in how we understand and make meanings from language, and often draws upon and re- works the ‘privileged’ languages of specific academic specialisms to make her audio drawings. Often starting from a position of partial understanding, meaning can come about viscerally, physically and/or literally in response to the sound of known or unknown speech or sounds.
(Dis) articulation, (non) fluency and (mis) understanding of spoken language or spatial utterances are all considered potential imaginative spaces, with drawing and speech placed along a continuum.
The work often enables the listener to internally visualize their own ‘drawing’, creating an interactive space where the drawing takes place between the spoken word and the viewer/listener (Simon Betts, UAL). The work usually takes the form of a sound installation, or performance, whereby, uncharacteristically for drawing, the onus is on taking in information through listening over seeing.
Carlier has worked across spoken word, sound, text, photography, film, works on paper and performance. She has produced a printed edition The Drawing Attitude comprising of transcriptions of conversations with artists on their thoughts.
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Alison Carlier (b.1971, Epsom) currently lives and works in Dorking. Carlier graduated from the University of Creative Arts (2002) in BA Fine Art (first class) and from Wimbledon College of Art (2013) in MA Drawing. Her audio drawing Adjectives, Lines and Marks I (2013) was awarded first prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2014). Recent group exhibitions include emergency at aspex, Portsmouth (2015/16), The JHB Archive 23/1961 or 28/1961, Birmingham Open Media (2015) and a solo show at Hardwick Gallery, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham (2014). She is currently the Alexandra Reinhardt Memorial Award Artist in Residence at aspex, Portsmouth for 2016.