Local Artist Alison Gould
I always love to meet people who combine several passions into unique careers, and Somerville’s Alison Gould certainly fits the bill. I came across some of her photography at an event a few months ago, and have since had the chance to chat with her and learn more about her work. Alison has always been interested in the urban landscape, and after graduate school spent some time working in historic preservation. After several jobs in the field, she fell into teaching Spanish to middle and high school students, a role that she adores. With teaching as her primary career, she spends her spare time photographing the objects and textures encountered in daily life. In images like the one above, these photographs are collaged together in a style reminiscent of Piet Mondrian’s grid abstractions, matching the textured surfaces caught by the camera to Mondrian’s primary color scheme. Alison is also inspired by Rothko’s colorfields, finding hearts in unexpected places, and the beauty to be found in city grit.
Check out Alison’s work at the upcoming Somerville Open Studios (May 3-4, noon-6 pm). Along with fellow photographers Danito Jo Talbot and Mark Manne, she will be selling work at SOWA Open Market (one of our absolute favorite Sunday spots!) this summer under the name Fat Thumbs.
Image Credit: Alison Gould