About the Artist
Allison Tunis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and a graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She works mostly in cross-stitch embroidery, but also has worked in mixed media involving acrylic painting and gel transfers, as well as self-publishing a body positive colouring book which can be found on Amazon. Her pieces question our society’s obsession with the aesthetic and female stereotypes, while exploring her own struggle with body image. Her inspiration stems from contemporary feminist artists such as Tracey Emin, Jenny Saville, and Martha Rosler, as well as contemporary textile/embroidery artists such as Jenny Hart, Matthew Cox, Erin M. Riley, and Alicia Ross. Issues of feminism and intersectionality, body positivity, and social constructions of beauty all influence Allison's work as an artist. Allison has participated in the local art scene through group exhibitions such as the consumerism focused and body-conscious "The Big Idea - A Visual Exploration of Contemporary Culture and Obesity" in 2012, and her own individual mini-exhibition "Fleshpots" as part of the "Smut Cabaret" during Nextfest 2008. She is considered an emerging artist in Edmonton, and is aiming to be a part of more exhibitions in the upcoming year.