Alison Bignon

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Biography and career

Alison Bignon


The series «  Loose Notes of sorrow » narrates without voyeurism the perception of the emotions that surrounds the artist. Each sunday, as if in an ordinary context when we would go to the market or sleep for a few extra hours, Alison takes the bus, train or other ways of transports that can give her the opportunities to meet people. In her bag, where you find, fifty business cards, on which, you can find her name, surname, the phone number and her job that are inscribed. She gives her cards away in a mysterious manner to whoever she likes the sound of. « Bonjour, i am an artist and i listen to stories. You can call me on this number and have a coffee with me »


On the fifty cards she would give, Alison receives from two to three phone calls. These will lead to a meeting, in her intimacy, estimating that the person will take a risk to meet her as much as she does by giving her personal address. Here, starts the work. The interview, from which the content is kept secret, is recorded on the iPhone. In this intimate location, everything can be told without restrain, and this moment could last five minutes to six hours. After this interview, Alison spends most of her time in her studio. She listens to the interview over and over again and she writes a text format A4, never more, on the story delivered and she captures the essence of it, the melody of the voice.  The story becomes written, she transforms it into drawing, engraving and video. All the story is consigned, with different mediums and creates what she calls «  a bank of emotional data »