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Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley

Born: 1971

Hometown: Alice Spring, Northern Territory

Based in: Fryerstown, Central Victoria

My work ultimately speaks of my worship of light – it’s ability to dance with unspeakable beauty.

I was born in Alice Springs, NT in 1971. I still consider it my spirit’s home.

The expansive red earth horizons, blue skies and dry warmth still occupy my dreams.

However, I also love my current home in Fryerstown, Victoria.

Having been a photographer for many years, I stumbled upon the love of macro photography. It certainly wasn’t born from being a green thumb, rather from the awe of the life force of plants and their many varieties and abilities to adapt and survive. With my macro lens I am transported into another world, where I can explore and be surprised and delve into the unknown. It offers me a new perspective on the world around me and takes me into a state of meditation.

The way light behaves, together with a short depth of field, provides a constant source of new discovery and captivates me – in a time where little else feels new or holds my attention. It is also a reminder to attend to the details of life within ourselves and to honour the beauty of our own existence – every detail, nuance, breath.

My photographic art centres around human form, nature’s forms and our experience of living in this human vessel and traversing the earth.

My formal training:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) Honours VCA Melbourne University 2020
Pilates Practitioner Certificate Level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association 2011
Level 2 Professional Practitioner of Pilates, APMA Physicalmind Institute 2004
Graduate Certificate Monash University, Clayton: Clinical Anatomy /Advanced Anatomy 2010
Advanced Photography Certificate Photographic Imaging College, Hawthorn 2006
Bachelor of Arts Deakin University, Rusden, Clayton: Photography and Contemporary Dance 1992-1995
Certificate of Photography: Materials Methods and Practice, Brighton Bay Secondary College 1990-1991


42 works for sale

Vibrance Within 4

Alison Shirley, Australia

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Vibrance Within 2 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Vibrance Within 6 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Vaughan Bark Tiles No 4 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Vaughan Bark Tiles No 7 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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River Tiles 23 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Fragility and Grace No6 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

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Fragility and Grace No5 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

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River Tiles 3 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

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Vaughan Bark Tiles No 9 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Vaughan Bark Tiles No 5 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

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Vaughan Bark Tile No3 by Alison Shirley

Alison Shirley, Australia

Photography

$ 700

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Alison Shirley In The Studio

"I live in an old church that remained in Central Victoria after the 1850s gold rush of the region. The surrounding landscape is still healing and I too, took many walks in my beautiful surrounds during Covid lockdowns. The landscape was part of my study, helping me collect my thoughts and ideas and it was so helpful in keeping calm during such challenging times."

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More About Alison Shirley

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What inspires you?

Nature is my muse. Even the process of decline and decay holds its magic, when observing the details through the macro lens. For me it becomes like a meditation, I can eliminate the distractions of life around me and focus on what is before me - and breathe.

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Describe your creative process.

My creative process is largely about remaining open, looking for the magic in the everyday and then keeping the process clean and simple. For more complex work, I ruminate, collect, research and then allow all of that to brew. When it comes together to make the work, it has already had a full life through all of the research and background work, which makes joyous work of creating the final product.

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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Contemplative, Other- worldly, Intriguing

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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

No specific artists, however reading about Joseph Banks has inspired a continuance, as well as Botanical drawing books, and although I learnt of his work well into my career, Karl Blossfeldt.

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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

A macro lens

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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Make the work, they will come

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Where do you go for inspiration?

Outside. Into the bush, near trees or into Botanical Gardens


Collections featuring Alison Shirley

8 Collections

Red Art Collection

46 Artists, 52 Products

Last Updated Dec 02, 2021

Monochrome Artworks

81 Artists, 116 Products

Last Updated Nov 23, 2021

Monochrome Artworks

81 Artists, 116 Products

Last Updated Nov 23, 2021

Green Art Collection

40 Artists, 42 Products

Last Updated Nov 19, 2021

Green Art Collection

40 Artists, 42 Products

Last Updated Nov 19, 2021

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Credentials

Education

Victorian College of the Arts

Australia, 2020

Photographic Imaging College, Hawthorn

Australia, 2006

Deakin University, Melbourne

Australia, 1992

Brighton Bay Secondary College

Australia, 1990

Exhibitions

'Recovery', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2017

'Bones: A Body Of Work', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2017

'Nature's Abstract', Backspace Gallery, Ballarat

2017

'Buen Camino', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2015

'Body Of Work', Backspace Gallery, Ballarat

2015

'Showtime', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2013

'Helena', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2013

'Experiencing India', Traveller's Bookstore Gallery, Melbourne

2009

'Composite', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008

'Bodyshow', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008

'Shift', 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2006

'Journey', 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2006

'Embraces', Art Space, Collingwood, Melbourne

1998

Awards

Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize

2020

Education

Victorian College of the Arts

Australia, 2020

Photographic Imaging College, Hawthorn

Australia, 2006

Deakin University, Melbourne

Australia, 1992

Brighton Bay Secondary College

Australia, 1990

Exhibitions

'Recovery', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2017

'Bones: A Body Of Work', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2017

'Nature's Abstract', Backspace Gallery, Ballarat

2017

'Buen Camino', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2015

'Body Of Work', Backspace Gallery, Ballarat

2015

'Showtime', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2013

'Helena', Ballarat International Foto Biennale

2013

'Experiencing India', Traveller's Bookstore Gallery, Melbourne

2009

'Composite', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008

'Bodyshow', Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

2008

'Shift', 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2006

'Journey', 69 Smith Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne

2006

'Embraces', Art Space, Collingwood, Melbourne

1998

Awards

Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize

2020

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