Using an orderly method of drawing - crosshatching - I create works that speak to tumultuous and disorderly feelings. I use the form of layered ribbons, sometimes wrapping around or crushed by objects, to illustrate various emotions and pressure points. The movement of the ribbons suggests a flow, a thought process, or a compulsion. I use color, inspired by those found in nature or the human body, to play with the ideas of warm and cool, and to indicate emotional temperatures.
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).
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,