Alison Hixon is a self-taught artist whose work features a range of surreal mixed media illustrations and stained glass works. After receiving her BFA in performing arts at Stephens College in Columbia, MO she lived and worked in Chicago as an actor in theatre and film while pursuing painting and illustration. Her visual work is a colorful commentary on her journey through life which channel themes of self-identity, sexuality, coming of age, and the emotional turmoil's of being a woman.
I am inspired by the human condition, the unfulfilled subconscious mind, and the journey of what it means to be a woman in the world right now. My work often depicts distorted perceptions, exaggerated emotions, and contorted female figures placed in surreal surroundings or landscapes. I like to show how our emotions change our bodies physically and how it affects the environment around us. My art practice is in constant evolution running parallel with my self-development. My work is a way for me to problem solve, reflect, and come to terms. When I start a piece, I have a lot I need to release. I consistently work with watercolor as it allows me get my thoughts and emotions down on paper quickly then finishing in black ink to rebel against the colorful softness to control and intensify the movement or story. My goal is to feel connected to the world around me and inspire those who see my work to embrace the uncomfortable, sit with your feelings, and always trust your gut.