Alison Lee Cousland

Sydney, Australia

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The youth of Today and Tomorrow

Most traditional human societies expended a great deal of effort to provide moral guidance, often through myths and stories, to foster pro-social behavior. When a culture ceases providing this needed educational effort ~ Values of self-restraint and cooperation, empathy and altruism can become seriously eroded. ~Richard Heinberg.

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This piece features my second set of brushes made with all-natural materials: Seed pods, hemp yarn, reused tissue paper, and smoked paper. The charred handles were made from pieces of burnt branches, that I’d found on the ground in the aftermath of bushfires in the Killara bushland in the Garigal National Park.

The text on the burnt paper:

The youth of today came with a code of knowledge that has never existed before on Planet Earth. ~The Only Planet of Choice. Phyllis V. Schlemmer.

Being born into a society that is so alien to what would be their innate connection to the natural energy and beauty of Earth and its relationship to the entire cosmos: The youth of today are either strongly mesmerized by modern technology and must have the latest 'gadgets' or like the Indigo, Rainbow and Chrystal children know they have a totally different purpose to fulfill on Planet Earth.

My work reflects my personal need to nurture and protect the natural world and the consequent adoption of new approaches to art-making that seek an active partnership with nature.

I feel that using natural and discarded materials is such a small act of protest against our throw-away culture, but it’s a step towards making a difference in the world the ‘youth of tomorrow’ will face.
2022
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Her eyes: Had been bleeding

Her eyes: Had been bleeding.
Her mind: Had been fed such stories.
Her strong heart: No longer believed them.
Her still fragile spirit: Longed to re-connect with nature:
And the very real world of fairies and devas:
She had been told they were unreal:
But in her quest to be sovereign:
She knows different. ~Ally.

‘Shifting Cultural Stories’ is a key concept when we try to address the meta-crisis that is unfolding because it points to the cause and not the consequences of all the aspects of the crisis. ~Michele Guieu.

The more we came to live in that artificial reality ~ After being fed a lifetime of stories, like angels and fairies are imaginary and that humans are the center of the Universe, etc ~ The more separate we became from the inherently fascinating realm of nature and community. And it was best just to buy and be entertained by more and more man-made gadgets, so as not to feel the discomfort/pain of being disconnected to Source/Self/Nature) ~Added to original quote by Charles Eisenstein.

I make items such as these shrines and wands mainly from natural, repurposed, and recyclable eco-friendly materials: Art pieces that are made with intent and designed to be given as gifts to friends: Keeping in mind that ‘when their time has come’ they can easily be given back to the earth.

In this series, one of my ’shrines’ has been integrated with my daily ‘pocket finds’ and other little stitched ‘charms’ that I make: Both in the studio and the bush.

Shrine: Inspired by @aimeeirel

Day 9,10,11, 12 and 13 of my 100 Day Project. #100integrationsbyally2022
2021
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Grey: Blue: Green

Shrines and wands mainly from natural, repurposed, and recyclable eco-friendly materials

Grey: Blue: Green: Her eyes: Had been bleeding: Her strong heart: Had been weeping: Her fragile spirit: Pining for a new way to be.

Walking in the rain: Barefoot over the soggy mire Her vision cleared: Her heart celebrated: Her spirit strengthened: As she re-connected to Life. ~Ally.

Consumerism has replaced satisfying experiences of making, growing, repairing, and sharing with the momentary buzz of buying a new manufactured product. We need to reverse that bargain. ~Richard Heinberg.

And from Charles Eisenstein: The more we came to live in that artificial reality (story), the more separate we became from the inherently fascinating realm of nature and community. Today, we apply further technology to relieve the boredom that results from our immersion in a world of technology. We call it ‘entertainment.’

Our craving for ‘entertainment’ points to the impoverishment of our reality ‘story’ and the removal from our self and the real world.

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I make items such as these shrines and wands mainly from natural, repurposed, and recyclable eco-friendly materials: Art pieces that are made with intent and designed to be given as gifts to friends: Keeping in mind that ‘when their time has come’ they can easily be given back to the earth.

In this series, one of my ’shrines’ has been integrated with my daily ‘pocket finds’ and other little stitched ‘charms’ that I make: Both in-studio and bush.

Shrine: Inspired by Aimee Bishop.

Day 5, 6, 7, and 8 of my 100 Day Project. #100integrationsbyally2022
2021
  • Alison Lee Cousland

Ephemeral Art Celebrating Smallness


Symbiosis Relationships in Nature
Mosses and Lichens, Flannel Flowers and Flax Lily seeds

Ephemeral Art Celebrating Smallness Symbiosis Relationships in Nature Mosses and Lichens, Flannel Flowers and Flax Lily seeds ‘Lichens have no roots, no leaves, no flowers. They thrive in places where there is no soil and settle on granite. Lichens blur the definition of what it is to be an individual because they are not one being, but two: A fungus and an algae. Different as can be, yet they are joined in a symbiosis so close that their union becomes a whole new organism. It is like a marriage, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The balance of giving and taking is dynamic, the roles of giver and taker shifting from moment to moment. Their shared lives benefit the whole ecosystem.’ ~Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass. ‘Fungi are eating rock, making soil, digesting pollutants, nourishing and killing plants, surviving in space, inducing visions, producing food, making medicines, manipulating animal behavior, and influencing the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.’ ~Merlin Sheldrake. Entangled Life. ‘There is an ancient conversation going on between mosses and rocks. About light and shadow and the drift of continents. This is what has been called the dialectic of moss on stone: An interface of immensity and minuteness, of past and present, softness and hardness, stillness and vibrancy, yin and yang.' ~Robin Wall Kimmerer. Gathering Moss.
2021
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