Alison Clouston was born in Porirua, New Zealand, and was awarded an MFA from the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she now lives.

Clouston works in sculpture, installation, drawing and digital media, exploring human connections to the natural world. Her collaborations with musician and composer Boyd are a poetic fusion of material, soundtrack, and green technology. Dust (2011), their response to earthquake, disaster and human frailty, transformed burnt remains of their own lightning-struck rural studio with an original soundtrack and live performance (Articulate Project Space, Sydney). The installation BIRD CRY From the Grassy Box Woodlands (2008) drew from research on avian extinction made during an Australia Council London residency, and on ornithological onomatopoeia and mnemonics, (Goulburn Regional Gallery and Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney).

Alison Clouston exhibits in both New Zealand and Australia. She holds regular solo shows at Bowen Galleries, (with Ans Westra in Fire and Dust 2012). In 2010-12 her work was included in the Australian national touring exhibition Kuru Alala: Eyes Open with the Aboriginal Tjanpi Desert Weavers and Maria Fernanda Cardoso. She has been selected for national and international shows including the 37th Alice Prize 2012 Alice Springs; Creature Discomfits, Suter Gallery, NZ 2009; the UN Environment Program exhibition 2009, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of NZ; The Shoebox Sculpture Show touring USA, 2008; Australian Perspecta Art Gallery of NSW; Mildura Sculpture Triennial; and the First and Second Australian Sculpture Triennials, Melbourne. She has held numerous funded Artist-in-Residency awards in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. Her work is represented in the Australian National Gallery, Australian State and Regional Galleries, and in University and private collections.