An interview with Allison Sommers

Allison Sommers inside her studio in New York

Can you share a lil’ bit about your new body of work for ‘Potter’s Field‘?
Potter’s Field is a delightful little cabaret of war, wartime, warpeople, and war fatigue. An opera for all and none.

What fuels you to keep creating?
Well, I’m rather fidgety….

Please describe your dream project if time and money were not issues.
There are a thousand of them. Recently I’ve been fantasizing about immersive paintings, as a small room, or a pod sort of thing – where discomfort and perhaps the fear of the viewer alter the meaning of the painting before them.

Favorite item in your studio?
Perhaps my Steiff Mecki. Or my taxidermied fox, Horace.

Is there anyone in particular, artist or otherwise, that you’d like to give a shout out to here?
The work of Brecht was very influential for Potter’s Field, as was that of Dix and Kollwitz, all both aesthetically and politically.

Any shows or special projects coming up after your exhibit with us here at Thinkspace you would like to mention?
2012 will have gobs of good things! Folks’ll have to stay tuned. 🙂

Allison Sommers "Mutter Courage" - gouache on illustration board - 15x17 inches (2011)

Allison Sommers “Potter’s Field”

Reception with the artist:
Sat, Jan. 7th 5-8PM

Check out the works in “Potter’s Field” here:

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