Elaine Allison

Website: https://www.axisweb.org/p/elaineallison/

Email: elaineallison56@hotmail.com

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Final Flight. Deer skull, velvet, stitching.

Family Tree. Laser cut and laser engraved paper and labels, buttons

Tread Softly. Child's shoe, screenprint, embroidery, fabric print.

There Are No Foreign Lands. Egyptienne cigarette flags, cotton fabric, stitched text, wooden dowel, door knob, curtain accessories

Bottled Up. Wooden box, bottles, labels printed with family portraits and extracts of a family tree

Hand Me Down - Christening Gown. Christening Gown embroidered with my family tree.


The family tree has been a productive starting point for many of my intimate and sensitive sculptural works. Using this rich source, plus old family photos and a range of found objects I explore identity, and the genetic, social and environmental forces that help to shape us all.

The found objects I use are poignant, acting as momenti mori for the people who have discarded or lost them. Their incorporation into works of art gives apparently worthless objects an implied value. The intuitive way in which these objects are combined at once reveals something of the my character and leaves the way open for viewers to create their own narratives.

The works have a deep personal significance but translate readily to the universal, evoking shared memories and associations.


I have been working as an artist since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 1998, where I studied sculpture.
I have a studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and am a member of Edinburgh Printmakers.
Details of residencies, exhibitions, projects and collaborations can be found in my CV.


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