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ALYSSA DENNIS

ALYSSA DENNIS

Artist Work

Resource Viability
graphite, dry pigment, colored pencil, gouache
Extentions
graphite, dry pigment, colored pencil, gouache
Fox
graphite, pastel, colored pencil, gouache
Circus Tent
graphite, collage, colored pencil, gouache
Levels
graphite, dry pigment, colored pencil, gouache
Conservatory
graphite, pastel, colored pencil, gouache

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2013

Artist Statement

My work focuses on the concepts and issue of the built environment. I aim to visually promote alternative building methods which question the current architectural language and construction methods.

Artist Bio

I hold a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and have completed residencies at Oxbow, Art Institute of Chicago, MI,Parse Gallery in New Orleans and Lobot Gallery in Oakland, CA. I’m currently represented by Kesting/Ray Gallery, NYC and Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston. I have exhibited nationally and internationally including Pulse, LA, and ImPulse Miami. I’ve been the recipient of multiple grants and awards including a nomination for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and was a recipient of the Tulane University Summer Fellowship in 2010. My work has garnered critical attention in various magazines including Architect Magazine and Urbanite Magazine among others. In 2008 Olympic metal winner Michael Phelps purchased two works and as of 2012, Circus Tent became part of the Microsoft Art Collection. In the past few years I’ve been a collaborator with world-renowned artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry) on several large-scale public and museum projects.
My work is routed in the concepts and issues of the built environment. This has led me to question the sustainability of modern building methods and materials. In 2006 I worked with SEI: Solar Energy International learning alternative vernacular building systems, which included straw bale construction, adobe and earthen plaster. Later that same year I was employed by Furbish, a sustainable building company, working with the same materials to construct a 27,000 square foot Friends Community School, which, included straw bale wall construction, and earthen plaster finishes. Studying various eco conscious building techniques led me to think about the built environment like a biological system. I then began my research into the sprawling diversity of plant life that thrives in, around and on top of our city dwellings. In 2011 I accompanied that research with an herbal medicine class as Tai Sophia Institute. Plants and the urban environment continue to fuel the outcome of my work.I hold a Masters of Fine Arts Degree from Tulane University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and have completed residencies at Oxbow, Art Institute of Chicago, MI,Parse Gallery in New Orleans and Lobot Gallery in Oakland, CA. I’m currently represented by Kesting/Ray Gallery, NYC and Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston. I have exhibited nationally and internationally including Pulse, LA, and ImPulse Miami. I’ve been the recipient of multiple grants and awards including a nomination for the Joan Mitchell Foundation and was a recipient of the Tulane University Summer Fellowship in 2010. My work has garnered critical attention in various magazines including Architect Magazine and Urbanite Magazine among others. In 2008 Olympic metal winner Michael Phelps purchased two works and as of 2012, Circus Tent became part of the Microsoft Art Collection. In the past few years I’ve been a collaborator with world-renowned artist Swoon (Caledonia Curry) on several large-scale public and museum projects.
My work is routed in the concepts and issues of the built environment. This has led me to question the sustainability of modern building methods and materials. In 2006 I worked with SEI: Solar Energy International learning alternative vernacular building systems, which included straw bale construction, adobe and earthen plaster. Later that same year I was employed by Furbish, a sustainable building company, working with the same materials to construct a 27,000 square foot Friends Community School, which, included straw bale wall construction, and earthen plaster finishes. Studying various eco conscious building techniques led me to think about the built environment like a biological system. I then began my research into the sprawling diversity of plant life that thrives in, around and on top of our city dwellings. In 2011 I accompanied that research with an herbal medicine class as Tai Sophia Institute. Plants and the urban environment continue to fuel the outcome of my work.