Metal Morphosis, 2017, woven linen, copper wire, silver wire
Metal Morphosis explores mankind’s need to extract minerals from the earth through mining, and its devastation of the environment and our own bodies. Research into one of the issues related to mining shows that hundreds of thousands of miners have died in recent years from respiratory diseases such as pneumoconiosis. This is a disease that miners can contract when inhaling excessive amounts of crystalline silica, or quartz, also known as black lung disease.
Metal Morphosis draws connections between mining shafts and tunnels, and the lungs bronchus and bronchi. Lungs are transformed from human flesh into molten metal - a melding of earth and body.
Alison Robinson’s inspiration for her work is drawn from life experiences and the environment. As a textile designer and artist, concepts are researched, sketched, painted and samples are developed. Designs are built intuitively from experimentation, provoking new concepts. Alison prefers to work with sustainable natural fibres, as well as recycled and other interesting materials.
Alison completed a Diploma of Textile Design & Development at RMIT University in 2016. She was awarded Outstanding Final Year Student (Weave) for her work Karmatude, a collection of wearable art designed to calm the soul that incorporated pottery, metals and glass. Alison completed Certificate IV Textile Design & Development at RMIT University in 2015 and a Certificate III Visual Arts at NCAT 2014.