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Artist Statement

Alyson is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practices of design, poetry, printmaking, and textile arts. Her process is intuitive and serves as a means to explore memory, trauma, healing, and ancestry. She is interested in how stories encompass what’s told and what’s untold, what’s covered up and what’s taken away, and how we are left to speculate about the unspoken. Alyson combines blackout poetry, created from the foundation of Black women writers, with archival and personal photographs to make sense of her own experience. These stories are stitched together and reused in different pieces as a means to explore how narratives evolve through time as well as how context changes meaning.

Artist Bio

Alyson Fraser Diaz (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist living in New Jersey. While she pursued community work and design professionally, she continued to explore her art and integrate social themes into her work. Most recently, Alyson earned her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Design for Social Innovation. She applied this learning to her own process of self discovery and expression as well as to her professional career in design. Alyson is inspired by Faith Ringgold, Romare Bearden, Gordon Parks, Claudia Rankine and Joy Harjo as well as the Gee’s Bend quilters. Her use of embroidery was inspired by her late grandfather who began making elaborate string art in his retirement. Alyson continues to evolve her art practice by finding new ways to incorporate her various disciplines and discoveries.

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