Alison Bremner (Marks)
Alison O. Bremner is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She is believed to be the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. She has studied under master artists David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley in Kingston, Washington. Painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital collage are a few of the mediums the artist employs. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Bremner is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.
Having been raised in both native and non-native cultures, Alison brings a unique perspective to her art. In addition to traditional formline, she explores contemporary imagery as well as surrealist painting. She seeks to meld modern with traditional Tlingit culture to help define its meaning today. She is inspired by ancient traditions and modern coffee. Her work is included in the permanent collections of, among others, the Burke Museum, Seattle; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer, France; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; and the British Museum in London.
“Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world.”