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Artist Statement

Alyson is an interdisciplinary artist who combines practices of design, poetry, printmaking, and textile arts. Building an intuitive process, Alyson explores memory, trauma, healing, and 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 personal 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  is an interdisciplinary artist living in New Jersey. While pursing community work and design professionally, Alyson continued to explore her art and integrate social themes into her work. Most recently, Alyson earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Design for Social Innovation. Alyson has applied this learning to an artistic process of self discovery and expression as well as to a 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. Alyson continues to evolve an art practice by finding new ways to incorporate various disciplines and discoveries.

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