Born in Vancouver, B.C., artist Allyson Clay grew up in Burnaby B.C., Scheveningen, Holland, and Rome, Italy. Clay received her B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her M.F.A from the University of British Columbia. Clay is an artist, educator and curator often working from an interdisciplinary approach that seeks to highlight her use of installation, photography and painting. Clay's work offers a commentary on the disconnections found within our surroundings of nature and contemporary urbanism, utilizing multi-media as a means by which to discern our place in surrounding environments.
Clay is represented in numerous collections across Canada including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, and Canada Council Art Bank. She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally, most recently at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.