Artist Alyson Khan
I am inspired and influenced by visual opposites: the clean lines of mid-century design and rough tribal art, Art Deco elements and raw and primitive gestural marks. Also in the mix is an attraction to two-dimensional icons and occult symbols, rustic chapels, and altars. I work to piece together a satisfying union of these visual influences that makes sense and feels calm. In process, I am also conducting deep investigations into color and exploring its dynamic power to affect the emotions and the role it plays in constructing narrative.
Some of the visual language in my work includes lines and arcs to reveal connections and flow, odd angles and faux 3-D to map other dimensions, and rays and washes extending off the edge of the canvas to indicate incoming and outgoing energy. I also employ seemingly religious symbols because, when coupled with sincere meditation, they can act as doorways to illumination. Sometimes my compositions feel jerry-rigged or like a long built-upon place of worship or gathering. A final work may resemble a strange, alchemical device, an abstract chapel, a prayer rug, or a crude sailing vessel--all of which share the common end-goal of transmutation.
I've lived in Colorado almost my entire life, and have been a maker in Denver since 1996. The friendly and supportive atmosphere for artists in this city has definitely been formative for my career. I don't have a formal art background and I think this has served me well. I initially approached painting with few rules and expectations and a huge openness to experimentation. Ultimately I have found that painting equates with meditation, the deep focus in the studio being extremely restorative and healing. My paintings and prints are now included in private and corporate collections all over the world.
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