Alison Jackson, English Artist ( May 15, 1960 - )

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You can watch a little bit of war from your nice living room - 30 seconds of what's going on in Syria - and when you've had enough, switch over to some celebrity programme. We live our life through screens and images in this way, and we don't know what is real or fake anymore. It doesn't matter.~Alison Jackson

Life War Living

Of course, my own political beliefs inform the ideas I come up with.~Alison Jackson

Political Ideas My Own

If you see everything through the lens, you are constantly composing pictures. I think in pictures; I don't think in text.~Alison Jackson

You Think Everything

I'm a contemporary artist and I show in art galleries and museums. I show a number of photographs and films, but I also make television programs, books and some appetizing, all with the same concept.~Alison Jackson

Art Artist Television

Photography can be a deceitful, superficial medium that leads us into believing something even though we know it's not necessarily true. It lulls us into a false sense of complacency.~Alison Jackson

Complacency Photography

The religious imagery and fairytales that formed our shared cultural references have been replaced by the cult of celebrity. Marilyn is the sex goddess, Camilla Parker Bowles is cast as the wicked witch, Che Guevara is the revolutionary. Celebrities have become visual shorthand for narratives that shape our lives.~Alison Jackson

Sex Goddess Wicked

Art work is inconclusive. It opens your mind up. At least, that's what I hope it does. And advertising, using exactly the same photograph, closes things down. It makes it conclusive. It sells a product, and that is its primary function.~Alison Jackson

Work Art Hope

A lot of people who look at my photographs think it is an easy joke, but it does take a bit of thinking about.~Alison Jackson

Thinking People Look

Among other things, I use a Samsung mobile phone, a very bad quality video camera, and an old Olympus with extremely bad Sigma lenses.~Alison Jackson

Quality Camera Bad

I don't really like using ridicule as a form of humor.~Alison Jackson

Humor Like Really

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn't for me. I wanted to leave the country, head for London and see what the world had to offer.~Alison Jackson

Parents Age World

When Princess Diana died, I couldn't understand why people were mourning her death in such an enormous, hysterical way when they didn't actually know her for real.~Alison Jackson

Death People Princess

Photography seduces us into thinking we can believe photographs, whereas we can't really believe that a picture can tell us any kind of truth at all.~Alison Jackson

Truth Thinking Believe

The only people I really hate are parking attendants.~Alison Jackson

Hate People Parking

I think privacy is important, and it's important you don't bore people with your own boring self.~Alison Jackson

Self People Important

I'm particularly interested in how you can't rely on your own perception.~Alison Jackson

Perception You Own

I'm not satirical in a traditional way. What I do is more about creating caricatures and cartoons. I am commentating on the nature of how we live through photography, and how you can twist an angle to create a different perception of a person.~Alison Jackson

Nature I Am Perception

I had a very outdoorsy childhood. I was athletic and used to ride and do dressage. I could ride almost before I could walk. There is a picture of me at 18 months old sitting happily on the back of a donkey.~Alison Jackson

Childhood Walk Me

I can't remember exactly how old I was when my parents gave me my first camera, but it was a Canon, and I was certainly far too young to have such a good camera.~Alison Jackson

Parents Good Remember

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn't for me.~Alison Jackson

Parents Age Mind

I am fascinated by the Royal Family because they are shrouded in mystique, and the Queen, and to a certain extent William, represent fabulous blank canvases. I find the Prince of Wales less fascinating because he spills the beans and we know too much about him.~Alison Jackson

Family I Am Queen

I'm not really interested in the celebrity themselves. I'm interested in the perception of the celebrity.~Alison Jackson

Perception Celebrity

I'd like to take more pictures of real celebrities. It would be fabulous to photograph Brad Pitt. He's so good-looking and just such a star.~Alison Jackson

Real Star Good-Looking

There is a wall of myth around royals and A-list celebrities, and that makes us wonder what they are really like. We see them on magazine covers so often that we think we know them intimately, and we want to learn more. I like to burst that bubble a little.~Alison Jackson

Learn Want Think

I am very pro-royal. Britain without them would be a sadder place.~Alison Jackson

I Am Place Without

It's always difficult to see yourself as other people do, but I'm realistic about my appearance. I wasn't born with one of those pretty, pretty faces, so I've never been absorbed with the way I look. I just try to make the most of what I've got.~Alison Jackson

Yourself People Appearance