Alison Pirie is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist working in video, performance, sculpture and installation. Pirie earned her BFA in Studio Art from Chapman University (2018). Her work has been exhibited in a solo show at The Situation Room, Los Angeles (June 2018) and group shows at La Mama Galleria (2019), Satellite Art Fair SXSW (2019), Straight Through The Wall NYC (2019), Con Artist Collective (2018), Brooklyn Art Cluster (2018), Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery (2014-2018), The Situation Room, Los Angeles (2015) and Art Basel Miami Beach “Fair. Play” Femmes Video Art Festival in Miami, FL (2017). She has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center (2019) and Con Artist Collective (2018). Pirie is also the Co-Curator of a new series of video and performance events called Gxrl on Grill.
My practice is multidisciplinary, including video, performance, installation and 2D mediums, which I utilize to explore ideas of gender, the body, sexuality and language. Using bright colors, sets, mass-produced and handmade props and costumes, I create theatrical and absurd works that utilize a contemporary commercial aesthetic to retell historical narratives.
My current area of research is the medical and cultural history of female hysteria and its contemporary relationship to female objectification, performance of femininity, entertainment, protest and sexuality. Through historical research and autobiographical experience, I construct characters and theatrical sets and scenes that voice my personal and cultural discontent, and imitate and respond to our current cultural malaise.
Referencing master narratives and pop culture language and imagery, I mimic cultural stereotypes through deconstructive parody. Through my work and characters I embody the female hysteric and transform her into a contemporary conceptual operator and agent of change to explore and speak to contemporary female experiences and hysteria in the era of Trump, Women’s Marches, Me Too movement, Times Up, etc.
I enact the body of the historically oppressed to tell their story and seek justice, and to navigate and give context to my own contemporary experience as a woman. By reconstructing these histories through a humorous and absurd lens I aim to discredit the patriarchal ideas and constructs created to oppress and define women and our role in society.