Allison Anderson

Region: Pacific Coast

Website: http://www.allianderson.com

City / State: Long Beach, CA

Gathering text from personal journals, books, and films, I try to illustrate the psychological processes of a young adult female. I focus on thoughts and fears of the female body and societal pressures, because these haunt me daily. Even though I have learned through therapy not to give in to these thoughts, they linger in my head to cause confusion. This confusion informs the hazy palette that creates the overall mood of the painting. I establish the structure of a painting with text, which I then conceal under veils of color, leaving the viewer atmospherically surrounded by the ideas. A painting is most successful when the text is slightly obscured, inviting the viewer to contemplate what the painting is trying to say.