Allyson Mitchell has been working in the Gladstone Hotel's corner hotel room since August, 2003. The day after she moved in it was full from floor to ceiling. Crammed with Mitchell's collections of flocked animals, feminist theory textbooks, crackerjacks prizes and doll-faced doilies; it is a veritable installation of claustrophobia, creativity + clutter. Rejecting the cult of design minimalism, Mitchell is a maximalist mama. For Come Up To My Room, Mitchell has created the petal that never dies a window installation to be viewed both inside + outside the hotel.
Allyson Mitchell is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist. The Fluff Stands Alone, on concurrently at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, is her first solo show. She has 12 film and video titles to her credit (available at cfmdc.org) and has a film collective Freeshow Seymour with Christina Zeidler. Allyson is also a founder of the fat activist group Pretty Porky and Pissed Off, a performance/education group dedicated to eradicating myths like fat chicks gotta wear moo moos. Allyson is the co-editor of Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminism (Sumac, 2001). In her spare time Allyson thinks about women's bodies, consumption, power and space for her PhD in Women's Studies at York University where she also teaches a fourth year course about young women and feminist activism.