BIO FORMS SERIES

NOVEMBER 2011

As the series' title indicates, the subject matter of "Bio Forms" concerns biological forms and their natural habitats. Deeply interested in the biological sciences of ecological concers, Alston has conducted extensive aesthetic research into biological microcosms, their behavior, and the relationships they maintain with there habitats, oceanic and otherwise.

The drawing Bio Language embodies Alston's understanding of biological movement in the ocean. This movement exhibits a regular pattern, as seen in Undercurrent.

Seepage, a mixed-media drawing, translates ecological ruin into emotional darkness -- the darkness experienced by the people of the American Gulf Coast when their environment was flooded with oil from a collapsed, out-of-control British Petroleum off-shore rig.

Pieces within the "Bio Forms" series elucidate a vigorous microcosm that breathes from the canvas. In observing Alston's work, one will notice painting and drawing techniques have merged into a cohesive expression.