Allison Renshaw lives and works in Encinitas, California. She was born and raised in Orange County and received a BA degree in economics from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She received an MFA degree from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She has exhibited extensively at museums and galleries across the country.
Artist Statement: The fragment offers a possibility of multiple perspectives, discordant vocabularies, and malleable boundaries. My paintings are informed by particles of our urban landscape and our culture found in the everyday. Fashion, modern architecture, and the natural environment combine and collide. In this setting, elements of plasticity and temporality are depicted in a suspended state of in-betweeness. I create a universe that is seemingly random and difficult to decipher. This chaotic quality becomes an apt visualization for today’s open-source culture of sampling and recycling. Lines between the organic and the man-made become blurred and a larger narrative is evoked through a banal fragment.
I am interested in how memories occur and connect a life of partial meanings. Fragments acknowledge interpretive ambiguities and open the work to sequences of spatial and temporal lapses . Memory and fantasy synthesize and unravel like a half-remembered dream.