I’ve Lost Myself Completely

Alison Brady is a New York based artist. She hails from the slightly tattered outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio, and the image of faded middle-class “coziness” is one that lies at the heart of her photos. Her work is compelling, funny, and disturbing, that mucks through unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified by an aesthetic that vacillates between the banal and the fantastic. Roberta Smith of the The New York Times wrote “Ms. Brady’s work deals rather explicitly and hilariously with the female predicament.”

Brady exhibits nationally and internationally and her pieces can be found in many private and public collections such as Elton John’s collection and the West Collection. Her work has been featured in publications such as the New York Times, New York Arts Magazine, Time Out NY and Lady Gunn. She was named one of the top emerging artists in the world by Saatchi Gallery. Brady’s work was also accepted into the prestigious Artist Pension Fund by a group of leading curators from MoMA and Tate Modern who select a mere five percent of applicants each period. She holds an MFA in Photography Video and Related Media from The School of Visual Arts (NYC).

Artist Talk followed by book signing April 9, 4PM
Reception April 8, 6 – 8 PM

Exhibition April 8 – May 14, 2016

My work, is a series of color photographs that work to stimulate unconscious emotions, desires, and sexual compulsions, all unified within a dynamic that vacillates between the real and the fantasized. I explore issues related to madness and alienation as they exist in contemporary culture, concentrating on expressions of neurosis, on feelings of anxiety, displacement, and loss of identity. These emotions are depicted in terms of visual conflict through my imagery, and manifested in terms of grotesque exaggeration. While investigating issues related to the unconscious, elements such as eroticism, twisted humor, and horror come across. I strive to create dichotomies between the sensual and the horrific, the beautiful and the destructive; the result, I hope, is a body of work comprised of deeply emotional and disturbing depictions of the unknown, staged imagery that functions on a metaphorical level, and inanimate objects and settings serving to illustrate the inner workings of the unconscious.

Nearly everyone has experienced some sort of traumatic disconnect in their lives, whether it is a severance within the body/self or a break from family or friends. Much hysteria is rooted in such traumatic experience, one that cannot be integrated into a person’s understanding of the world. Freud, in “Beyond the Pleasure Principle” states, “Often times we tend to repeat a traumatic event over and over even until it becomes pleasurable.” This repetition contradicts our instinct to seek pleasure but, regardless, our mind has a tendency to repeat traumatic events in order to deal with them, as a way of mastering them. This repetition can take the form of dreams, storytelling, or even hallucination; my images allude to the cryptic mental re-scrambling through which our traumatic events resurface. When I conceive my images the questions I ask myself are: What is the state of normality? How can that normality be subverted, perverted, or generally transformed? When does this overcome the real and become psychotic?