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Artist Spotlight: Alison Hui

Alison defines herself as a travel sketcher who does not want to spend her best years in an office. But she is savvy enough to know that as a creative you’ve got to be stealthy and find a way to sell. An artist needs to consider themselves as an enterprise; grow a thicker skin, get organised and be clever! Alison is frank and modest, yet confident in her capabilities and eager to give advice. 

Trying to pursue a creative career means a lot of risk taking, so it’s better to diversify your skillset and don’t put all your eggs in one basket… Begin with a spreadsheet, make a list, map your brain, asses your skills and look for a niche that you could successfully position yourself in. And remember to keep learning throughout life. There is always something to learn from a job or a life event, good or bad. It’s about putting our energy into what we believe in and then work twice as hard,  with no guaranties.

Alison’s rigorous mindset and self-organisation skills have resulted in two book commissions. The first book documents her travels in South America where she sketched, photographed and gathered material. She also includes personal stories of travellers from different backgrounds and various age groups. These fellow travellers reveal their lives and present interesting and different life paths. Her other book is focuses on food culture in Hong Kong, and depicts different cafes, bars and restaurants in that city.  Alison’s work is shaped by people she interacts with and is highly dictated by the environment she’s exposed to. This is no surprise when “travel doodler” is how she defines her work.


Photos by PILOTENKÜCHE International Art

Alison wishes to contribute to society in a positive way and she finds that encouraging people to pursue their dreams allows her to do so too. She says that there are other ways to go about life and give back to others. She wants to inspire people through her published books.  Her love for print is tightly connected with the concept of a public library. These institutions are accessible to general public and have existed for a long time. It’s a great platform to spread ideas and to inspire people.

Alison is eager to continue to be published and have her books in libraries, but it is not about personal glory or recognition. This work is based around a self-meditative practice that allows her to reach out to people and to motivate them to practice their own self-realisation. According to Alison, chasing the dream is the fun part and finding new original ways to keep it alive brings joy. Nobody wants to be stuck in a loop. It’s important to keep moving and trying says Alison.

Throughout her stay at PILOTENKÜCHE she wants to get to know more about Leipzig’s rich history in printmaking. Alison plans to investigate more traditional printing techniques and try her hand in the now oh! so trendy risograph printing. During the upcoming weeks you might find her around the city, sketching buildings and searching stories for her next project. Maybe her next book will include city landscapes of Leipzig or a story from a local resident!

written by Agnes

images supplied by artist




Alisons FB page and instagram.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00

Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00

PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig

Artist Spotlight: Mirjam Bürer

Mirjam has an affinity for spaces. Her dreams are very much involved with space. They appear with strong feelings of existence and memories. By spaces, she means a room, a garden, inside a bag, the figures shaped between the trees and so on. Nature is an indispensable part of her work. Her enthusiasm for spending time with nature is the core of her inspirations and even her decisions.

Collecting original seeds is a mission for Mirjam. Prior to 1994, she recognised climate change as a longstanding phenomenon. She saw that mono-cultures were forcing the farmers to use genetically manipulated seeds. At the same time the factories were delivering insecticide seeds in the same buckets and were pushing them on the farmers. However farmers were planting original seeds in their small private gardens. “People keeping the original seeds in the most important room of the house, because it’s the source of the food and all the genetic materials are in the seeds,” said Mirjam. Now when plants have defects, she has the original seeds to be able to feed humanity.

She has taught art at a visual art school for 30 years. Teaching was quite intensive and she moved studios often, but never stopped producing her own projects. She has traveled around the world because her work is multi-layered and looks to the outside while the source is deep inside her. She has been in Pakistan, Himalaya, Indonesia, North India and many more places in east Asia. For her, as an artist based in Netherlands, traveling to these countries and experiencing the culture and landscape of these lands intimately, has opened the doors of a different world.

Photos by PILOTENKÜCHE International Art program

Her Book “Local is global” was initiated in a collaborative project with Netherland’s University museum and biology scientists. “It was another eye opener to work as an artist and collaborate with scientists,” she says. The book took her to Korea. She changed the title to “Gross national happiness” in 2001. That’s the quote used in Bhutan: gross national happiness instead of gross national product.

It’s important for her to get involved while traveling, staying for a while, getting to know the people, and make her works with fresh inspirations from local landscapes and people. That’s why she doesn’t carry her art works around. “When I’m triggered with something I have to make it,” Says Mirjam.

There has not been much time for her to make exhibition for a long time and now she is here to have her time to focus on her work again. She wants to have her own interpretation of the kleingartens of the city. Maybe this will manifest in making her own plan of green lounges of Leipzig playing around industrial spaces or maybe in a small collaboration with other artists in the residency. For the final exhibition, she plans to make an installation of movie compilation, drawing and space of the elements that she was freshly engaged with.

written by Elnaz Mostaan


you can find more of Mirjam’s work in her Website. As well she will exhibit her works in the following events.

Reset unsettling flesh layers / vernissage / PK at AHS

Friday, 15. November 2019
19:00 bis 22:00
Alte Handelsschule, Gießerstraße 75, Kleinzschocher, 04229 Leipzig, Deutschland

Overwhelmed incorporeal happiness / vernissage / PK RD41

Saturday, 14. December 2019
19:00 – 22:00
PILOTENKEUCHE, Franz-Flemming-Straße 9, 04179 Leipzig