Alison Pilon Nokes (b. 1987, Hartford, Connecticut) will receive an M.F.A. in painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2020. She received a M. Ed in art education from Lesley University in 2012 and a B.A. in art history and studio art from Bowdoin College in 2009, through the course of which she studied in Rome, Italy. Today, Nokes paints abstracted imagery derived from her everyday life. Her works are bright, energetic images that are formed as she processes what it is like to be in her world. Nokes’s work was featured in the West Hartford Art League’s juried Emerging Artists Exhibition in 2015. Her first solo exhibition took place in Wallingford, Connecticut in 2017. Nokes currently teaches at a small private school in Austin, Texas where she has been living since 2017.
About this body of work called "Everyday Whimsy":
Everyday Whimsy, is a body of abstract paintings that have been created carefully as coping mechanisms in negotiating my strangling anxiety as I struggle to maintain mental health. Living with intense and, at times, debilitating anxiety limits my ability to perform day-to-day tasks, and is a systematic part of my personal identity. My work showcases the whimsy in the everyday. Regular, seemingly insignificant moments – like a nap on the couch with the cat – are nonthreatening starting points with potential to become textural, colorful expanses that engender a kind of therapeutic matrix. The subsequent hours painting allow room for rumination on the casual moments of life and pull me into a more positive mindset. In a world where high numbers of individuals suffer from depression and anxiety – including peak numbers of creatives – my thesis work allowed me to halt spiraling, debilitating thoughts and uplift my outlook on everyday life.
This image is the one I put on the postcard - the title is "Reading with my eyes closed"