Happy to share that I’ll be doing a brief presentation at the next Visual Artists of Topeka meeting in NOTO at the end of this month!
Allison Shore is a 30-something photographer from Kansas whose artistic journey started like many others: finding grandpa’s old camera in the attic when she was a teenager. Driven by curiosity and a nagging nostalgia, she taught herself a variety of at-home developing skills and explored the gamut of experimental film techniques as she fell in love with self portraiture. She spent years creating unique, dream-like film portraits in her community and spreading her love of film by curating art shows and hosting workshops. After a 20 year stint as a professional dog handler where she broke from photography to explore fiber art, printmaking, illustration and more, Allison finds herself gravitating to that familiar space in front of the lens again – struggling to reconcile her previous exhibitionism with new, radical ideas about the consumption of the female body in media as she reconnects with her favorite medium. This time around, she is drawing inspiration from outside herself, too: exploring her home state and refocusing on the connection between memory and the physical world, as well as continuing her exploration into the relationships between dogs and their people.
I’ve always had a great time connecting with local artists at these meetings and really look forward to getting to share my work!