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School of Visual & Performing Arts

Department of Art : The Gallery at the Visual & Performing Arts Center

Alison Booth

Alison Booth

2021 MFA Thesis

Artist Statement

Storytelling is the foundation of my artistic process and it is easiest for me to be receptive to inspiration when I am surrounded by nature. However, inspiration is everywhere and is in everything--good and bad all at once and without structure. Sometimes it surprises me, often appearing unexpectedly. Using that inspiration and applying it to my work has proven to be a journey with no discernable destination; I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it is that I’m waiting to discover but I know that I’ll probably never fully figure it out. It’s a wonderful, intangible thing that I get a taste of, and that’s enough impetus for me to keep on searching. What I’m certain of is that there is no instance in my life where I have felt more fulfilled than I do when I am painting or drawing. There is nothing else that I want to do, and there is nothing else that I can do; just to create, express, communicate, respond, question, observe, love, etc, etc….


Artist Bio

Alison Booth was born and raised in New York City. Her early interest in visual arts was initially recognized and cultivated by her father, whose background is in poetry and the literary arts. For that reason, Alison had an early start in appreciating the world from a poetic perspective. Alison’s interest in drawing began as a toddler and she has taken art classes since elementary school. Alison attended Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, where she was an art major. She began working towards her BFA at Alfred University from 2012-2014 but completed her degree at Western Connecticut State University in 2016. Alison is currently working on her MFA at Western Connecticut State University and lives in Sherman, Connecticut.