Originally from Detroit, Michigan (USA) - Alison Grimm (b. 1983) works in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, drawing, and paper collage. The artwork conceptually centers on the transformative experience of the viewer evoked through sight, memory, and visualization. Over the course of the last decade Grimm has developed a deep interest in shrines, altars, orifices, and architectural focal points - exploring the capacity of these particular objects, shapes, and design methods to elicit emotional and symbolic meaning. Personal and collective histories, political and philosophical topics, and the challenges of communication and perception provide important foundations for her work. For example, Grimm's haunting work Territorial Exclusivity (2013) sought to bring focus to the racism that has shaped and plagued the development of regions like Detroit; constituting one work in an ongoing series of sculptures and installations that served as reflections on capitalism and American Dream mythologies. Her work also examines the interior world, our relationship to self and other, creating existential meanderings through many sculptures and artworks that employ perceptual devices and altar-like spaces. Her multi-layered approach invites equally layered interpretations and questions for the viewer's consideration.
Overall, through her utilization of found materials, architectural and geometric design, Grimm seeks the viewer’s attention and imagination to further these narratives while reflecting on their own personal and collective role, and potentials for the future. Creating an exchange with her audience through a process of interaction is very important to Grimm—the viewer’s presence and direct experience is the method through which the work is fully activated and made whole. Sculpture’s ability to function as a platform through which these physical, psychological, and emotive experiences can take shape has been a driving force behind the majority of her work thus far.
Grimm received her MFA in Sculpture from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 2018. She was awarded the Graduate Munich Exchange Fellowship in 2016, allowing her to complete her final year of the MFA in Germany, while also diving in to cultural studies research at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU). Grimm stayed in Germany and received an additional MA in American Cultural Studies from LMU's Amerika-Institut in early 2020. She is now based again in the US.