Allison Sommers is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily in gouache. She creates complicated, intricate, uncomfortable worlds of meat, vegetation, and birds and beasts of various sizes. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in History and a concentration in Early Medieval England.
Allison grew up an only child with an abundance of pets and a sense of reality grounded in make-believe. Being constantly surrounded by animals led her to develop a skewed concept of personhood that now extends into her work: humanoid animals, beasts, and even inanimate objects and foods take on an agency and interact with her worlds. Her work is intentionally vague, both conceptually and morally, and hints at underlying narrative structure without providing clear artist-authorship to guide the viewer through.
Selected Solo Shows & Features
2014 TBA //Thinkspace Gallery, L.A., CA
2012 “Potter’s Field”—Project Room Solo —January 7, 2012 //Thinkspace Gallery, L.A., CA
2010 “Schlaraffenland”— Solo — May 7, 2010 // Thinkspace Gallery, L.A., CA
2009 “A Brief History”— Project Room Solo — May 2009 //Thinkspace Gallery, L.A., CA
2008 “Waterways”— “Fresh Faces” wall solo—August 2008 //Project Room, Thinkspace, L.A., CA
2007 “Beasts of Burden” — June 08, 2007 //Thinkspace Gallery, L.A., CA