Working from home has its proponents and detractors, but it’s easy to see why artist and designer Alyson Fox chooses it as her primary location for production. Five years ago, Alyson and her husband left the hustle and bustle of city life for a plot of land forty minutes outside of Austin. Their home, an elegantly simple construction that they designed themselves, is a Modernist’s dream. Bright sunlight streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the surrounding landscape play alongside Alyson’s white-walled, minimally appointed interior. Alyson’s multimedia explorations of form and space are the perfect complement to her home, a relationship that seems almost symbiotic. “[My home] is constantly being rearranged and edited. I think it’s important to my process to be able to move things around. I love beautiful objects, but nothing is too precious. Things are always on the move. Moving one thing from a table, to the floor, to my studio—it takes on a whole new life for me and the way it’s communicating with the room and the other things around it.”
From the outside, the minimal nature Alyson’s home belies the abundance of creativity at work inside. On a typical day, Alyson may find herself working on any number of projects—a drawing, a photograph, a collage, a garment, a textile fabricated on her loom. On a recent day like this, photographer Arden Wray, known for her personal, intimate portraits of artists at work, stopped by for a portrait session with Alyson. Take a look at this lovely collaborative effort below!
“I kind of catalog things away on a daily basis,” Alyson says. “Whether it’s a photograph I take with my iPhone, something I see in a store, something in a magazine. I tend to stay offline. I keep things logged away and when I sit down to work, things are being pulled from all different areas. I’m sort of oscillating between everything when I start to work.”
“If I haven’t worked on a particular medium in a while, I sort of feel off-balance. If I haven’t done photography in a while and I see a really beautiful photograph, I have to grab my camera and do something with it. For me, to work best is to sort of balance all of that stuff.”
“I often talked about my work as being familiar, yet alarming. My personal work will be very approachable, but if you look at it for a while, something’s a little bit unsettling.”