Q&A with Alison Clarke Theatre Practitioner

Alison Clarke is a long serving member of the Manchester Theatre/ Arts circuit.

She is an inspired character whom I have had the pleasure to work along side on many occasions. We have mainly worked on theatre sets and designs including outdoor theatre for the likes of the reputable FeelGood theatre company amongst many. Alison is a scenic artist and designer/ workshop- education facilitator.

Her response to my Q&A session takes shape as the following:

Hi Phil yes I will have a go at your question air, here goes…

1. Why do/ did you work within the arts?

A: Its my best talent.

2. Why do you produce art/ design work ?

A: I produce props costumes and scenery for companies,recently I have painted watercolour animal paintings on commission’

3. Is there a need for your practice?

A: there is a need for the theatre work the animal paintings are bought as presents I suppose there is a need for presents.

4. What do you think about contemporary art and design?

A: On the whole I do not have a great love of contemporary art I do like contemporary design in architecture and  interior design( things to be used}.

5. What do you think design is/ should be?

A: Art should  point the way {symbolcly} to the highest highs to which humans can ascend  it canot reach a goal but can nudge ones soul to in that direction, The source  .

6.  What constitutes good design in your opinion?

A: Good design must of course function perfectly for the job. but the extra element of being antitheticaly pleasing  make a great design. this begs the question of what is pleasing. We as different personality’s choose different shapes colours ect as pleasing .   I think that it depends on our state of being one person ,say in love would pick a bright sunny uplifting design  as opposed to someone who feel the world is out to get them and likes to wear spike piercings  and listen to music that has lyrics that affirms their state.  So someone can make a good living   designing a chaotic living space for someone that way inclined ,  the design would be what they want {good} but ugly to the majority.

7. What is your long term goal in the arts?

A: To be able to make something with my hands every day.

8. Is there any period within the history of the arts that you feel an affinity towards? Why/ why not?

A: I have affiinity with the pre Raphaelite and also Bauhaus movements.I love the sad beauty of the people   in the preradiation and the strong practicality in the Bauhous.

9. How ideally would you envisage the world of the arts? Would you change anything?

A: Art will be engaged in  in all stratas of society where ever the is time for anything other than simply surviving .  It could be creating an opera or  making a pumpkin lantern.

10. Do you think the skill levels of arts practitioners are in decline? If so do you have any recommended answers to this problem, or indeed you may not view it as a problem.

A: There is a shift to digital creations,  games,  ,art aps ,graphics tablet and design packages The people  who  them say they are just as good as pencil on paper  but I feel being once removed from muscle movement to image is a loss to us. To feel the finger pressure  against material develops sensitivity and understanding the world ,and our relationship to it. I can not recommend an answer to this we are obsessed with technology  at this time but I think there are enough people in the world to keep craftsmanship alive.

11. How do you define beauty? Does it have a counterpart?

A: Beauty is balance , Not just physically but in all areas.  Its counterpart,  an unbalance.

A: If we lived in a utopian state of existence of the highest spiritual practice in total harmony with nature, how do you suppose art and design might transform to reflect this?

A: In this *highest state* world I see no ego no duality. All is one every action is creative The word art is not relevant there is no need for a special compartment for *doing art* every moment is in balance and appropriate.

13. When was the last time you questioned nature?

A: I do not question nature but I do interfear with its course. Every time I take medication nature is slightly altered along a different path Nature will always take its course but we try to choose ones that suit out wants.

14. Where does art begin in your opinion?

A: It begins with the rise of conscientiousness.

15. Where does art end?

A: As long as there is some conscientiousness out there there is no end to it.

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3 Responses to Q&A with Alison Clarke Theatre Practitioner

  1. Liz Dees says:

    Great work. I like the structure to your questionaire. Did you do them via email? ow many people did you target?

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