Among these components include an industrially fabricated sign emblazoned with the words “Search inside yourself”, appropriated from the title of a mindfulness course developed at Google headquarters designed to improve employer productivity.Also featured in the exhibition is a slab of locally sourced black nero marquina marble cut and shaped to the proportions of a standard yoga mat, as well as a new series of still life drawings and a short video piece.A personal choice to remove himself almost entirely from most social media platforms also led to an interest in alternative forms of engaging with the self and how that can benefit a stronger awareness of mental health.Drawing aesthetic influences from minimalism, horror and still life, the tone of the exhibition is softly sinister and includes video, installation and sculptural components.She has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 20, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 20 and more recently the Bronze Award at Bullseye Glass’ ‘Emerge’ exhibition.
Awards: 2015 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Artist’s Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES); 20 Arts Council of Northern Ireland Support for Individual Artist Award.
She graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class Honors degree in Art and Design in 2009.
She employs a range of techniques to create her sculptures, working with cast glass and pate de verre.
The artist has used the technique of Pate de Verre to cast antique christening robes in the process, the original robe will be burnt away in the kiln but the glass will formed in its place – creating a fragile but haunting reminder of what was there before.
Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Northern Ireland.