When: 7th – 19th February 2019
Where: A-Side / B-Side Gallery
Clouds of Wondermesh® netting studded with copper, china and string. Plaster tablets embedded with electrical and plumbing residues. Surprising materials cascading out from wedding cake pillars. Artist Alison Dunhill upcycles domestic and industrial ephemera and detritus of the city into objects of beauty.
For her latest exhibition, Upscape (open daily from 7th-19th February at A/side-B/side Gallery in Hackney), Dunhill has created fine-textured collages and startling three-dimensional constructions using found materials, everyday objects, things that most of us overlook or throw away.
“As a child I was fascinated by the shapes, colours and textures of things that other people regarded as rubbish”, says Dunhill. “I remember as a five-year-old coercing my friends to collect objects they’d find in the street and we’d arrange them into patterns.”
Broken fragments, rescued junk, discarded wrapping, household odds and ends, forgotten things from the bottoms of tool chests and sewing boxes, copper plumbing offcuts, electrical bits and pieces, wire, string, fabric, wood, glass, plastic – using all of these she explores the texture, shape and function of each object and makes it respond to those around it.