“Though a shotgun may seem a controversial creative instrument it is the method by which many chose to express themselves throughout the world. In the hands of the artist it is used in full knowledge, a process balanced on the edge of the human capacity for creation and destruction”Georgina Coburn
Allison used to shoot her ceramics because she wanted people to see the damage a gun can make. This was because she had strong feelings against gun crime and the mess War makes of the lives of innocent people. Families of soldiers and the innocent bystanders, these are the people who are most affected. The dead don’t speak.
Someone shot her in the leg when she was a child and this was what first motivated her to subject her work to the destructive forces of gun-fire. Allison has never shot a living thing and has no desire to do so. She chose to shoot her ceramics because of her feelings.
Now Allison shoots her work because she has discovered that during this exploration of emotion and clay, she has developed a huge awareness of the focus required to shoot and how this focus is almost meditative to her. It has also led her to a point where she uses her shotgun to produce work that is impossible to recreate in any other way.
Allison is no longer angry, and is enjoying the developments in the exploration of shooting from different angles and distances, and the effects achievable through subjecting the work to a force that is not directly applied by hand or tool meeting clay. She asks herself whether it is cathartic or learning? Perhaps it is both…the importance to her is the fact that she finds self- expression and a purpose to what she does.
The writer and poet, Ian Stephen, said of her shot ceramics “The really strange thing is that the work retains some of the quiet elegance which comes from years of craft. This makes it bearable. So you don’t switch off but look closely…” Comments like this make Allison realize that what she is doing is appreciated and as long as there is appreciation, she will maintain the drive and passion she has found in this work.
Allison sees her ‘Shotgun’ work as a journey. It sometimes leads her to installation work such as the show she had with American Artist, Ehren Tool, it sometimes leads her to produce quiet forms that have a presence without’ shouting about it’
“The power of Weightman’s art is that it stays with you long after first exposure to the work”, Georgina Coburn