Artist Interview: Alison Lee Schroeder

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
I am Alison Lee Schroeder. I am a Colombian-American artist whose work deals primarily with the landscape and time in an emotional way, using color not only as a way to depict a shape or a feeling, but as a subject in and of itself. I have been making art my whole life, and right now I am 35 years old.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
Paint is the medium that I use most in my work. I love the liquidity and fluctuation between control and no-control that is present in paint, as well as the ability to blur and transform shapes.

What is your creative process like?
Sometimes I begin with an idea, and sometimes I begin by making random marks on a surface. As time goes by, I try to listen to what the painting is telling me instead of trying to impose an original idea upon it through construction and editing. The process is an ebb and flow between thinking I know what I want and understanding that actually, I don’t. Eventually I move on.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
In his book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami writes about how discipline and staying true to what he likes are key to his writing process. Those are great points.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Being patient with myself as I go through the abnormally frequent catharses in my life.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"Night Tide" by Alison Lee Schroeder

“Night Tide” by Alison Lee Schroeder

Night Tide is a recent piece. It is the first oil painting I made after a number of years working on mostly small watercolors, and I feel that a lot of what I learned from working with so much water was able to shine through in the manipulation of the oil in this work. The contrast of real and unreal in this piece is exciting to me, and like all the paintings I am happy with, I feel like I would enjoy inhabiting that space.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
The whole concept of Artomatic makes sense to me—it’s refreshing to be a part of something so resourceful and open. I think it’s encouraging to see how organized and professional hundreds of artists are when trusted and not micromanaged.

What is your website (or other method of contact):

You can see more of Alison’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the third floor, space 5-030.