Meet Artist Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese erects entry gates to a landscape of imagination, portals to a journey that realigns our relationship to the land and to each other. Standing on opposite ends of town, these sculptures reference the ubiquitous ranch gates seen throughout the west that name and claim land. Here, though, the land is marked with enigmatic phrases referencing well-worn screenwriting tropes. Artifact of Attraction evokes narratives of pursuit, desire, conquest, and ultimately, loss, with an arc of text framing a dramatically mountainous desert landscape. On the other side of town, Un Diálogo, Dos Conversaciones marks a landscape with the sitcom staple that has two characters discussing something together, but talking about two totally different things. “No desert is a tabula rasa,” states Wiese, “and the portion of the Sonoran Desert that Borrego Springs occupies has a rich natural and human history that predates the arrival of the park’s namesake explorer by thousands of years, making it especially ripe for a set of dramatic competing visions and realities.” 

Allison Wiese is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, performances, and architectural interventions. Among other venues, her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; and Machine Project, Los Angeles. 

She is the recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and has received grants from Art Matters and Creative Capital. Wiese is an alumna of both the Skowhegan School, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Core Program, and earned her MFA from UCSD.

She learned to walk and talk in Brooklyn, drive in Southern California, and everything else important in Texas. Wiese lives and works in San Diego, where she teaches sculpture at the University of San Diego.