Becky Alley

Werdegang / Ausbildung: 
In recent years I have used the politically charged topic of war memorials as an entry point into deeper conversations about power, gender, and memory. My studio practice is process and material driven. I gravitate towards materials that are common in everyday domestic life: matches, clothes pins, fabric, needles and thread; and through a simple repetitive process of counting, transform the mundane objects into memorials for the dead. The ephemeral and delicate nature of the work stands in contrast to the hyper-masculine monolithic forms of marble and stone often associated with memorials. The processes employed speak to labor, struggle, endurance, ritual, and meditation; while the materials serve to reframe our collective understanding of power in ways that give strength to culturally feminized notions like empathy, compassion, and mindfulness. Most recently, after having lost my neighbor to domestic violence, I extended this project to investigate violence against women in the United States—itself a kind of war being waged in the inmate domestic spaces near to me.
Wichtige Projekte / Ausstellungen: 
2019 American Mortal, two-person exhibition, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter,New Hampshire No. 142, South Issue, juried exhibition (in print), New American Paintings, Boston,Massachusetts Up(route)d, invitational group exhibition (curator: Ashleigh Payne), Spartanburg Art Museum,Spartanburg, South Carolina Patterning Resistance, three-person exhibition (curator: Miriam Kienle) Parachute Factory,Lexington, Kentucky In Residence, Feminist Art Collective, ArtScape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario Tending Edges, two-person exhibition, Living Arts & Science Center, Lexington, Kentucky Art Fields, regional juried competition, Jones-Carter Gallery, Lake City, South Carolina 2018 In Memoriam, solo exhibition, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana In Their Element, invitational group exhibition, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, South Carolina 48 Stunden Neukölln, international juried exhibition, Galerie im Körnerpark, Neukölln, Berlin, Germany Art Fields, juried competition, Jones-Carter Gallery, Lake City, South Carolina 2017 American Mortal, two-person exhibition, Pearlman Gallery, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio One 7, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, semi-finalist (in the top 10 of 1082 entries) XX Invitational, invitational group exhibition, Fisch Haus, Wichita, Kansas The Disseminator of Useful Knowledge, invitational print exhibition, New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, Indiana
Auszeichnungen / Preise: 
2018-19 Nominee, Painters & Sculptors Grant, Joan Mitchell Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana Resident Artist, Feminist Art Collective Residency Program, ArtScape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Ontario Research Travel Grant, Great Meadows Foundation, Louisville, Kentucky Kentucky Foundation for Women, Artist Enrichment Grant, Louisville, Kentucky 2017 Kentucky Fellowship, South Arts Prize, South Arts, Atlanta, Georgia