Alana Gregory is a multidisciplinary artist exploring links between nature, creativity & well-being. She spends extended time in the field with Indigenous and traditional craft masters throughout Australia, India, and the Americas, engaging in research & practice. Alana brings together this fieldwork with university studies in environmental science & ongoing studies in mindful-based therapies.
As an artist I work with the idea that arts involve any skill or mastery in a practice. I fluidly work across visual, craft, movement and health arts, engaging with different tools and skills depending on the idea being explored.
Underlying my practice is a focus on following ‘inspiration’ and working ‘naturally’. How do we hear, and then have the courage to follow, our innate creative impulses? What helps or hinders personal freedom and creativity? In the arts objects I create (film, performance, visual art etc), my hope is to speak directly to the audiences’ own sense of freedom and potential, through colour, texture, sound and movement.
My background is in environmental science, but for the past 15 years I have been exploring links between arts, well-being and nature with traditional and Indigenous artists around the world. I have brought this knowledge and practice together through the community arts initiative Soul Strong Society. The process of sharing skills in mindfulness, movement and creativity through SSS is probably my most enduring ‘artwork’. I design and create spaces (workshops and events), where individuals are able to connect to their own artistic abilities, their communities and the natural world.”