Allison Hudson was born and raised outside Philadelphia, PA. After earning her B.A. from Vassar in Asian Studies, she studied painting and sculpture at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and ceramic sculpture in the MFA program at the University of Arizona. She went on to pursue creative careers including a ten-year stint as an entrepreneur and a nationally recognized cake designer. In 2020, Allison kick-started her reemergence as a professional artist. Since then, she has taken part in juried group shows, been published in the No Name Collective Magazine (UK), and sold work to a growing group of collectors worldwide. Currently, Allison lives and works in Portland, Oregon and will be relocating back to Philadelphia in Summer 2022.
I sculpt, paint, and draw, moving between disciplines in a way that is not consciously interconnected but integral to my practice. My work is tactile yet fragile – a combination of unfired clay, wool, fabric, resin, dry pigment, and wax. It’s important for me to touch and mold my work, to leave a personal imprint on each piece. Driven to manipulate raw materials into something new and unrecognizable, I enjoy the physicality of building, tearing apart, and mending together – striving to create work that is at once ethereal and visceral.
Cycles, the blur between beginnings and endings, and the emergence of growth from decay are concepts that have been a constant fascination for me. My current work focuses on the exploration of metamorphosis and the shedding of layers as a means towards becoming. I use imagery that suggests elements of the human form including hair, skin, and bones – or that which can be lost, sloughed off, become broken, and then regenerate over time. The fundamental shape of an egg or pod serves as the starting structure in many of my works. At the beginning of the cycle the pod is full and fertile. After transformation, it’s empty but open – only a shell, husk, or cocoon remains.
Selected Juried Group Exhibitions
InstaSelect V2, Mark Borghi, Sag Harbor, NY, curated by Mark Borhgi
Abstract Sanctuary, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR, Curated by Jennifer Gillia Cutshall
Full Circle, WoArt, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Christina Massey
Emergence, Pacific Northwest Sculptors, Portland, OR, Curated by Richard Speer
Liminal, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Port
Artist Mentorship Program with Ty Nathan Clark
MFA, Ceramics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Studio Art, University of North Carolina, NC
BA, Asian Studies, Vassar College Poughkeepsie, NY