alison starr.INTERVIEW

I met Alison and her husband Jim back in 2006.  Both of them are wonderful artists who are constantly experimenting with new things.  At the time I didn't have any older artists in my life so it was refreshing to see what a career in art looks like long term. I've enjoyed watching and collecting Alison's art from ceramics to sewing instillations and paper, to more recently performance art. She is kind and compassionate and always has a listening ear and sound advice. 

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

foxLOR: Have you always known you were an artist and what obstacles did you overcome to move into that reality of yourself?

Alison Starr: No, I haven’t always known I was an artist. I knew that I liked to draw when I was young but once I began High School I was more interested in applying my creativity to something other than “art” as I thought. So I was in Acapella Choir and on the yearbook staff. It wasn’t until my 40’s that I realized that I just might be an artist, but it took others to help me embrace that.

foxLOR: What in your artistic process has surprised you in recent years?

AS: My technical abilities and gifts. It doesn’t take me much effort these days to learn various audio and video editing programs. I love making video art as well as sound. The other surprise is my love for writing for performance art and making my own performance art work.

Images of Indifferent, February 2014, Courtney Brown and Alison Starr Performance in the Houston International Performance Biennial

Images of Indifferent, February 2014, Courtney Brown and Alison Starr

Performance in the Houston International Performance Biennial

foxLOR: What does art look like in your every day life?

AS: I am constantly observing and seeing and inspired by things of everyday life and write performance scripts to be performed at some time later or to just be that script…that is art . I also record sounds as a sample for audio/sound work. Also I use my iPhone or whatever camera at hand to take video - typically mundane acts or just purely the actions of another. I make art constantly. I am art. My life is art.  :)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)