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    Alison Eriksen

    Alison Eriksen is a sculptor from Portland, Oregon working with steel wire and ceramic.  She uses the human form to explore the language of gesture, interaction and rhythm.  Wire lends itself well to this exploration, creating wrapped, three-dimensional forms through which the inner structure is visible.  One-of-a-kind sculpted porcelain or stoneware heads give each figure individuality, while antique wood boxes provide a space in which the figures—whether they interact with objects or with each other—express themes of contemplation, curiosity, and play.

    Artist Biography

    Born and and raised in the Greater New York area, Alison completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in music before transitioning to the field of human learning and language sciences.  A strong interest in nonverbal and verbal communication led to further graduate study exploring various symbol systems which serve human language.  She worked for several years in the education field before taking her first sculpture class at Pacific Northwest College of Art in the early 2000s.  Since 2006, she has developed a studio practice in Portland, Oregon, focusing on the human form.  Initially working in clay, she became fascinated by the sculptural and expressive properties of wire, and now renders human figures in steel wire and clay.


    Classes in sculpture (figure modeling, welding) at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 2003-2010.
    Classes in sculpture at Oregon College of Art and Craft, 2003-2008.
    Workshop in life-size figure modeling with Tip Toland, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2006.


    2014, “New Figures”, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
    2014  “penumbra”, juried group exhibit, Juror's Award “Best of Show”, Gallery 114, Portland, OR
    2012  “New Figures in Steel Wire”, solo exhibit, OKO Gallery, Portland, OR
    2011  “Figures”, joint exhibit, OKO Gallery, Portland, OR
    2008  “Two”, solo exhibit of clay figures, Thurman Street Studios, Portland, OR


    Numerous private collections nationwide.