A Memorial

Allison Ouellette-Kirby
Alton, IL
Cast iron, milled steel

Located at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM)

The Dance by Wayne Vaughn

Artist Comments

My work attempts to isolate universal experiences. I endeavor to create specific relationships and interaction by asking the viewer to participate in the definition and realization of meaning through ambiguity. The work reveals a certain awkwardness, a self-conscious awareness of discomfort, uncertainty, longing, desire, disillusionment and confusion. My objects can be relentless, yet also so very quiet, sometimes even timid. They act as a type of reflecting pool, and, in essence, a filtering system; ideas pass through for contemplation, leading one to consider the circumstances presented within each experience.

-Alison Ouellette-Kirby

About the Artist

Alison Ouellette-Kirby received her undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor in Canada, and her master’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Her work has been shown throughout North America at such venues as the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, the University of West Georgia, the Walker Gallery at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Gallery 130 at the University of Mississippi, Washington University’s Medical School of Medicine, the Art Gallery of Windsor and String Gallery in Toronto. She is currently department chair of the art department at St. Charles Community College and co-director of Six Mile Sculpture Works in Granite City, IL.