Alison Clouston & Boyd
Dhalawala – Forest Country | 2021
Visual artist Alison Clouston and sound artist Boyd collaborate to create sound and sculpture installations, sometimes with live performance. They bring together Boyd’s background as a multi-instrumentalist and composer for video and performance with Alison’s skills, ranging from bush carpentry to the delicate installation of electronic wiring. Alison has exhibited in Australian sculpture surveys since Mildura, the Australian Sculpture Triennials, and Australian Perspecta at AGNSW. She is represented in Australian National, State & Regional Galleries, University & Private collections. Boyd’s work includes coordinating over 40 musicians and composers for Nature Lovers a Bundanon Trust commission (2017), and more than 153 musicians for the installation Coalface 2014 that toured Australia. This work was a finalist in the Australian APRA AMCOS AMC National Art Music Awards.
Alison Clouston and Boyd have long collaborated to create large scale installations for Regional Galleries, festivals, forests, and other public places. Embedding sound and sculpture, their strange worlds reveal and engender stories of our human relation to all the rest of nature. Seeing the loss of biodiversity and climate change as underpinning everything, the artists sense that art might feed the imagination and compassion that we need for positive change. The artists often invite participation from the diverse communities in which they work, drawing on their long experience practising and teaching music and art, as volunteers with RFS, Landcare and Bushcare, and just living in the bush with myriad more than human species.