Meet Allyson Comstock, the latest artist in The Columbus Museum’s “Introduction” series.
Comstock’s exhibit, “Closer Observations,” is the fifth in the series, which showcases emerging regional artists. It can be seen at the museum through March 14.
Comstock teaches art at Auburn University. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Occidental College and her Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University.
She has visited Belize, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands and the island of San Salvador in the Bahamas. She has been on white-water rafting trips on the Salmon, Chama, Pigeon Forge, Nanthahala and French Broad rivers. All of these trips have inspired her art.
“Frequent walks through forested areas of Alabama have contributed to a reawakening of my appreciation of the natural world,” Comstock said in an artist’s statement. “Ideas presented in books such as E.O. Wilson’s ‘The Future of Life,’ David Suzuki and Wayne Grady’s ‘Tree: A Life Story’ and ‘The Secret Life of Water’ by Masaru Emoto underscore the importance of close observations of the visual riches of nature. These are the inspirations for this body of work.”
After graduate school, she studied Japanese papermaking at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Washington, D.C., with Yoichi Fujimori, who owns the Fuji Paper Mill in Tokoshima, Japan.
Comstock works mostly with handmade paper to create two-dimensional art and in mixed media to create sculptural installations. She explores ideas related to the natural world, such as the healing properties of nature and ecological issues.
Her work has been shown in solo and invitational exhibits, including shows at the Ohio Craft Museum, the Delaware Contemporary Art Center, Kiang Gallery in Atlanta and Blue Spiral I Gallery in Asheville. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama and in corporate collections at Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan law firm in Atlanta and Wheat First Securities in Richmond, Virginia.
Comstock has had fellowships from the Alabama Council on the Arts and the Women’s Studio Workshop. She was artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation and the Hambridge Center.