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Alison L. Thomson
 

Alison Thomson is an independent artist, researcher and writer. In 2013 she completed a Master of Fine Art by research at Monash University. This project explored the potential for art practices to dissolve, transform and form identity in conjunction with philosopher Luce Irigaray's concept of the 'sensible transcendental'. (See PDF attached below or hardcopy at Monash University library.) Irigaray's foundational position is that males and females, and the philosophical categories of the masculine and feminine, are different and equally valuable. For Irigaray, 'sexual difference' is the first difference from which all other differences arise. Alison Thomson's more recent artworks attempt to symbolise a synergetic balance of the masculine and feminine, essence and existence, compassion and wisdom. This balance, in its ideal form, can be experienced as true identity or 'subjecthood'. Thomson's central idea is that the conventional 'masculine' and 'feminine' only become divine through synergetic balance. In an absence of intentional balance and union, these forces are potentially destructive and devouring. In addition to philosophy, Thomson's current research draws on native orchid conservation, Orthodox Christian art and mindfulness practices which align with the Christian wisdom tradition.

Image: Rosella Spider Orchid - rear view, by Alison Thomson 2014. The photograph shows the flower in first bloom.

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