Malawi – Africa

The Warm Heart of Africa: The rhythm of life in Malawi revolves around family and community – with warm hospitality towards all….During many years of work in environmental education and conservation projects, Alison has been inspired by figures of men and women living their lives, observing their traditional masks and thoughtful faces…often evoking ancient myths and our shared  African roots.
 

The African Rhythms Series and My African Ancestors – have been inspired by watching and working with the women of Malawi, Africa. These art-works reflect both the grace, humour and rhythms of a woman’s daily life: using a mixed media of materials – including collage, hand-made paper, linen thread, charcoal, ink, water-colour and fabric – these images seek to express some of these qualities of Malawian  women.

African Rhythms Series

Mothers & daughters homeward bound 1 (mixed media) 80 x 25cm – 2003
Mother & daughters homeward bound 1 (detail)
Mothers & daughters homeward bound 2 (mixed media) 75 x 25 cm – 2010
Mothers & many children homeward bound (mixed media) 62 x 42cm – 2011
Solitary mother & children homeward bound (mixed media) 73 x 25cm – 2010
Malawian women’s work is never done! 1 (mixed media) 73 x 25cm – 2010
Malawian women’s work is never done! 2 (print) 29 x 21cm – 2011
Malawian children returning home at dusk (print) 29 x 21cm – 2010
Selling in the rain! (mixed media on hand-made paper) 31 x 23cm – 2010
African celebration 11 (pulp-painting on hand-made paper) 21 x 15cm – 2005
Mothers & daughters homeward bound (mixed media) 90 x 60cm - 2012
Homeward bound in all weather (mixed media) 21 x 14 cm - 2012
Malawian women moving toward rhythm & harmony (mixed media) 28 x 32cm - 2012
African rhythms series – Malawi women's tricky balancing act (mixed media) 30 x 34 cm – 2013
Night and day a woman's work is never done (mixed media) 45 x 27 cm - 2013
Mothers & daughters in a sunset landscape (mixed media) 31 x 29 cm - 2013
Mothers & daughters homeward bound 4 (mixed media) 50 x 20cm - 2014
An orphan in the extended family (mixed media) 20 x 13cm - 2013

My African Ancestors

African Ancestors Series 2: A happy couple (mixed media) 45 x 32cm - 2004
African Ancestors Series 4: Don’t argue! (mixed media) 24 x 18cm – 2004
African Ancestors Series 3: My lips are sealed (mixed media) 22 x 18cm – 2011
African Ancestors Series 5: 3 virtues to consider (mixed media) 30 x 44cm – 2015
Mama Annie from Chembe, Malawi (pen & wash) 29 x 21cm – 2004
Mama Sara from Kondoa, Tanzania (pen & wash on hand-made paper) 29 x 21cm – 2011
Graciano from Chembe, Malawi (pen & wash) 29 x 21cm - 2009