Alison Marks (Bremner)

Alison Marks (Bremner)

“Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world.”

Alison O. Marks (née Bremner) is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. As a child of two cultures, native and non-native, the artist brings a unique perspective to her art. Through humor and a variety of mediums Marks seeks to depict the experience of the modern native. Painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital collage are a few of the mediums the artist employs. In addition to her contemporary practice, Marks is committed to the revitalization of Tlingit culture in her hometown of Yakutat, Alaska. The artist finds happiness in balancing art as social commentary and art for traditional and ceremonial use.

Alison Marks has learned under master artists David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley. Her work is carried in the top Northwest Coast art galleries in Vancouver, BC, Victoria, BC, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and Southeast Alaska. In 2013, the British Museum acquired Bremner’s work for their permanent collection. In 2017 she opened a solo exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA.

“There is a misconception that all First-Nations people are stoic and somber. While there has been much despair in our history, there has also been much to celebrate. I seek to shed light on our native sense of humor in order to view the full picture of the modern Native.”