allison anne (they/them) is a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based collagist, mail artist, zinemaker and graphic designer. Their creative work – a result of years of self-directed experimentation with many traditional and digital mediums – is influenced by an education in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, where they received a Bachelor of Arts degree that also focused on Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. allison’s myriad interests and background create a personal perspective often expressed through recycled, found, and reclaimed materials. They are an active member of the International Union of Mail-Artists and a founding member of Twin Cities Collage Collective, a group which endeavors to expand access to and interest in collage in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and beyond. allison’s focus on analog paper collage is a constantly evolving exploration of personal experiences through the reconstitution and rearranging of various printed media and ephemera. By recontextualizing images and materials, the artist creates complex textural, intuitive abstractions and configurations that consciously engage with themes of identity, physical self, gender as they relate to the personal, the political and the sociocultural. Prioritizing sustainability and that which is left behind, allison frequently works with rescued, found or recycled materials, using collage and correspondence art as ways to explore the intersections and interactions between context, materiality and creativity.
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