Alyson Minkley

Synapse (2022-2023)

Even before the impact of lockdowns on social interaction, Alyson Minkley’s co-creative and interactive artworks have been an invitation to engage. Synapse, a hive of human-scale suspended cocoon-like soft sculptures, has toured the Southwest with the Arts Council funded Social Scaffolding Art Collective, connecting thousands of participants through their contributions to the work transforming the surface from blank canvas to one of densely textured and colourful stitch. “The psychology of participating side-by-side with others allows more open conversations and deeper connections between people as they embroider emotional responses embodying them into the collective work” Minkley reflects, considering her fascination with the boundaries between personal and public spaces, made more poignant through her inescapable lens of dyspraxia.