M'Lady and Her Harp

Thinking Thing

Alison Pilkington

Artist Statement

"The uncanny is associated with a feeling of disorientation, mild panic or confusion when faced with something strangely familiar and has been a frequent subject of the visual arts and literature. In my recent body of work I am interested in what

Freud termed “the friendly aspect” of the uncanny. Strangely familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate. In this work I attempt to explore this aspect of the uncanny and invite the viewer to consider how this ‘unhomely’ feeling occurs through painting."



Currently completing a practice based PhD in painting at the National College Art & Design Dublin.MA Film & TV Studies Dublin City University 1994BA Hons. Painting National College Art & Design Dublin 1990


Shortlisted for the Marmite Painting Prize 2012Shortlisted for Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow 2013Winner ArtSlant Jurors Award July 2013British Institution Award Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2012.Dublin City Council Project Grant 2012Arts Council Project Award 2007

Recent exhibitions include:

2013 RHA Annual Exhibition invited artist

2012 Cake Contemporary Arts The Curragh Camp Kildare - Solo Exhibition"Malevolentos"

2012 The Drawing Project Dun Laoghaire - Solo Exhibition "The Visitor"

2011 Monster Truck Temple Bar Dublin Installation, "An Encounter" As part of curated Exhibition by Cliona Shaffrey, Arts Council Special Adviser andCliona Harmey, Artist.

2010 Custom House Studio Westport, Solo Exhibition "One Thing and theOther" (Nominated for AIB Visual Artists Award)

2007 “Doppelganger” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2005 “Guided By Stars” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2003 “Stem” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2001 “New Paintings” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

She lives and works in Dublin.