Meet Your Artist: Ali Fuller

Who are you? What do you do?

My name is Ali Fuller and I am a 20-year-old student originally from Lindstrom, Minnesota, beginning her third year at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I am an Environmental Studies major with a Government minor, and a self-taught artist on the side. My medium of choice is graphite (a simple mechanical pencil is my tool of choice), although I paint with ink, watercolor, and acrylics as well.

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Why did you want to be involved in ARTiculture?

I have been making art for as long as I can remember, but never publicly showcased any of it. I found ARTiculture on Facebook and thought that it looked like a fantastic opportunity to make my public debut. I submitted a proposal and some photos of past art I had created, and through a series of fortunate events, ended up here today as a proud participant of the 2015 ARTiculture season. I am so excited to be featured among the other incredibly talented artists! So far it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience and has prompted a desire within me to partake in more programs similar to ARTiculture.

What are you creating for the CSA? How do you make it?

For my ARTiculture CSA proposal, I am producing 25 unique drawings featuring ink techniques on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper. I am staying true to my style by portraying people (or portions of them) and things found in nature, particularly local nature. Thus far I have crafted 15 pieces, and a few are pictured below. I am having a blast so far and am looking forward to creating the last 10!

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What role do you think artists have in society?

I think one of the roles of artists in society is bringing those kinds of details to the public eye and helping people see beauty where they may not have previously. To me, the intricate details that exist in everything are major contributors to the overall grandeur of things, whether those things be mountains or mites. That is why I incorporate realism into my work, drawing hundreds of wrinkles on an elephant and countless minute hairs in the beard of a man. However, I believe that nature is the ultimate artist and realize I will never be able to replicate the great detail that the natural world exhibits.

Favorite or most inspirational place in WI or the Midwest?

alifuller09I am inspired most by people and nature, animals included. I admire the effortless fluidity found so often in nature that I incorporate into my art through ink techniques, such as marbling, or by combining elements, such as man and the mountains in my drawing of John Muir pictured above.

Growing up near Taylors Falls, Minnesota, I was a frequent visitor of Interstate Park, which provided me with much of my nature inspiration for the first 18 years of my life.

After traveling a bit more in recent years, I have become inspired by places like the Rocky Mountains.

But I firmly believe that awesome beauty may be found in the most seemingly mundane aspects and details of nature, like blades of grass in a front lawn, mushrooms at the foot of a tree, or dandelions growing through a crack in the sidewalk.

What other interests do you pursue?

alifuller07If my Environmental Studies major didn’t give it away already, the environment is one of my biggest passions. I cherish any time I spend in nature and am an avid vegan and flamboyant dread head. In line with my minor, I am also very politically minded. Accordingly, I am particularly fond of anything combining the environment and government. This fondness has led to my arrest for nonviolent civil disobedience during a Keystone XL Pipeline protest in D.C. (I’ll try anything at least once) and my current environmental grant writing for Nobles County in Minnesota.

You can follow me on Instagram @ali_fuller_art.

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