Allison Long Hardy
Combine, pen, India ink, graphite, colored pencil, collage on paper, 24″ x 21″, 2011
Daydream, pen, graphite, colored pencil, India ink on paper, 38″ x 26″, 2011
Grow, India ink, pen, colored pencil, collage on paper, 72″ x 20″, 2012
Midline, India ink, pen, graphite, colored pencil on paper, 72″ x 22″, 2012
Passing Through, pen, colored pencil, graphite, India ink on paper, 24″ x 48″, 2011
Pronounce, pen, India ink, graphite, colored pencil, collage on paper, 24″ x 21″, 2011
Protect, pen, India ink, collage, colored pencil, graphite, marker on paper, 34.75″ x 26.75″, 2013
I am interested in how people communicate, effectively and ineffectively. Communication is the one thing that binds us all together, the one common thread that must continue. Without communication, what else do we have? When making work, I am interested in the certain moments when communication or lack of communication occurs and in interpreting those moments through mark. What interests me most is when the marks that emerge on the page overlap and meld with the marks below or on top and create their own type of mark—something I had not planned. My work is a mix of intuitive and deliberate mark-making paired with the spontaneity that occurs when these marks overlap.
About the Artist
Allison Long Hardy was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree in intermedia from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her master’s in fine art from Towson University, where she concentrated in painting. Hardy currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she teaches a variety of 2D and 3D design, painting, drawing, and printmaking courses.
Hardy’s work has been seen nationally and regionally in numerous solo, two-person, and group shows. From September 10 to December 3, 2013, she exhibited her drawings alongside photographs by Frank Hallam Day at The Heurich Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her solo exhibitions include “Crowded Spaces” at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia; and “Engulfed: Works on Paper by Allison Long Hardy”, which took place November 29–December 16, 2013, in the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.
Hardy’s honors include a printmaking award from Washington Printmakers Gallery and a grant from Vermont Studio Center.
Hardy’s work can be found in the collections of PNC Bank, Washington, D.C., and on the set of The Good Wife, which airs on CBS. The home furnishings company West Elm has featured Hardy’s work in its catalog and on its blog, Front and Main.