At the beginning of 2020, I became enamored with ribbon forms. I have always found ribbons satisfying to draw since I was young, and they show up in my work early on. But recently I have been pushing these forms to convey emotions in relation to our bodies. Much of my work is about trauma and human relationships, and how the effects of these are felt in our bodies. I use form to evoke feeling, and color to evoke temperature. I use gradients and soft textures for a soothing effect.
Some of my work focuses on feelings and emotions that relate to the body, like arousal, tenderness, fullness, and protection. I use form to evoke feeling, and color to evoke temperature. I use gradients and soft textures for a soothing effect. These pieces are about exploring the emotions related to our bodies, and being soothed in those emotions rather than feeling shame that they exist.
Informed by my own experience and identity, I have been interested in exploring women’s cycles of emotions, and how women bend or conceal their feelings as a result of societal expectations.
I have learned that these forms of layered and winding ribbons can also communicate the ideas of pressure and power structures. I am beginning to explore these ideas in my work, on both an interpersonal level and on a societal level.
About the Artist
Alanna grew up on Cape Cod (Wampanoag Land), and has previously resided in Denver, Colorado (Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Ute, Sioux). She moved to Midcoast Maine in 2018 and currently resides in Union, Maine (Narantsouk, Abenaki, Wabenaki Land), where she works as an artist and teacher.
2010 University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bachelor of Arts in Middle East Studies.
2019 Archipelago, The Island Institute Store, Rockland ME
2018 PLAY: ART INSPIRED BY CHILDRENS’ ART, juried exhibition, The Harlow Gallery,
2018 HEALING NATURE: HUMAN VISION, ART, & THE ENVIRONMENT, juried exhibtion,
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
2017 December, Birdy Magazine, Denver, CO
2017 August, Birdy Magazine, Denver, CO
2017 July, Birdy Magazine, Denver, CO
2019-2020 Maine Department of Education, Harvest of the Month Project,