M.F.A. in Sculpture, Indiana University
B.F.A. in Sculpture, Edinboro University
Allison Lacher develops installation projects, objects, and works on paper. She presents a long-standing interest in adolescence, naiveté, and coming of age transitions with a focus on supplanting a structured story, factual or fictitious, with imagery and emotional archetypes. Embedded references to young love, desire, separation, comfort, domesticity, and sexuality are iterated in the work. Ambiguous narratives, with blurred lines between fantasy and reality, are communicated through specific materials, colors, sensations, and specific attention to space. She encourages a sense of playful, youthful escape and idealization while maintaining the subtle but grounding – and sometimes unsettling – presence of reality. Her intent is to create emotionally charged work that is non-conclusive. Visual associations allow the viewer to travel into their own memory, specific or vague, and relate themselves to the objects and materials that they encounter.
Allison holds a B.F.A. from Edinboro University and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. She has previously been awarded with the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award and a Full-Fellowship Residency Award at Vermont Studio Center. Selected exhibition venues include UMOCA, Grounds for Sculpture, Franconia Sculpture Park, the Tom Museum (a project of the Mattress Factory), the Sheppard Fine Art Gallery at the University of Nevada Reno, and the Center for Contemporary Art at Southeastern Louisiana University.