We had the good fortune of connecting with Allison Streett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Allison, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by the way the human face and body are able to communicate meaning and awaken empathy across the barriers of language, culture, religion, and status. I use the human figure to tell human stories, honestly representing both brokenness and hope, with the goal of creating space for conversation and connection with one another.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I make sculptures in clay and cast them in bronze, plaster, or resin. In the tradition of figurative art, I use the expressive ability of the human figure and portrait to communicate the ideas I feel compelled to express. In every piece I make my goal is to execute it with excellence and to tell the truth through it. I am interested in subjects that we as physical and spiritual beings need to consider as we learn what it means to be human and begin to live together with greater understanding. The greatest challenge thus far in my artistic career is also one of my most profound inspirations. I am mother to six children, and the energy and time that I must devote to caring for them is often overwhelming. Being a mother has definitely slowed down my career. There were times, when we had a newborn in the house for example, when I produced no art at all. But motherhood also exposes me to humanity in ways that I never would have been otherwise. Watching my children struggle and grow and learn in their individual ways; experiencing the profound vulnerability of loving my child in such a broken world; has changed me and it continually changes my art. I often privately bemoan the ways my responsibilities as a parent prevent me from locking myself away in my studio from dawn till dusk, but when I can gain perspective I see that this tension actually makes me a better person, a better parent, and a better artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are homebodies, but I’d say my favorite places to visit in our area are the Fort Worth botanical gardens, especially the Japanese Garden, the zoo, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Amon Carter. I’d take our friends to eat at Pandan Thai near our home in Burleson, and to coffee at Dwell!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family makes it possible for me to devote my time and energy to my craft. My husband, Andrew, has always encouraged me in my vocation as an artist, and he faithfully makes space for me to work in the midst of our busy family life. My parents are inexhaustibly supportive, and own a cast of every sculpture I’ve made.
Domus Aurea Portraits by Renee