“It was the chance to get up close to deer when visiting Wildlife Parks with children which allowed me to see what tense and delicate creatures they are. My interest grew and living near the fine herd of Fallow Deer at Magdalen College Oxford it was possible to observe their behaviour in different seasons. It was never my intention to make realistic deer. Their key feature is their tension: they are curious and constantly alert to human presence.”
Born London 1946
BA MSc SRN PGCE
Studio in Oxford
Alison Berman was busy with part time art teaching in Primary Schools in Oxford when well-known sculptor Paul Amey saw some of her constructed birds – made of tissue paper and rhododendron branches. He urged her to pursue sculpture more seriously and to apply for a Foundation course in Art and Design at Abingdon and Witney College with the inspiring teacher Mike Gaston. Alison learned mould making and resin casting with the late George Muller and skills and techniques in bronze and iron casting with Helen and Wez Jacobs in their dynamic workshops. Five months in France working with potters and sculptors allowed her to experiment with paper-clay as a new medium.
Alison’s work is usually a response to a theme or a context, indoors or out. An example of this is her ‘Wise Words’ – a series of small box sculptures illustrating proverbs and old sayings, which were devised for a solo exhibition at Radley College. At the RA Summer Exhibition last year her piece ‘Thirst: Jug seeking Water’ was a response to the theme of ‘Climate’.
Alison exhibits regularly in the UK and France. Fresh Air in Gloucestershire and Avebury Manor in Wiltshire are favourite places since her sculptures are in the permanent collection at both venues.