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Naomi Alessandra: Ghost Garden
Art Works Downtown – 1325 Donors’ Gallery
Recent work by the recipient of the 2017–2018 Max Thelen Studio Residency
2nd Friday Art Walk Opening Reception:
January 12, 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am – Noon
About Ghost Garden
With Ghost Garden, the artist delves into complicated imagined relationships between her human-like protagonists and the natural and botanical worlds. In these surreal scenes, spectral subjects are engaged in active connection—and sometimes conflict—with plants, animals, and environmental phenomena.
Through these complicated and unexpected scenarios, Naomi Alessandra develops mysterious, humorous, and vaguely unsettling allegories that aptly reflect the contemporary American social and political climate.
In addition to the artist’s watercolor and pen + ink works on paper, other mediums explored in Ghost Garden are concrete sculpture, contemporary freestyle Ikebana, and traditional hand-rendered animation. A specific visual vocabulary threads the exhibition and includes such odd symbolic motifs as traffic safety cones and spiny cacti.
About the Artist
Naomi Alessandra is an artist, illustrator and designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A scholar of comparative literature and apparel design, her work is character-driven and often documents fashion trends and other signifiers of cultural identity to create allegorical snapshots of modern life.
Naomi’s illustration and design work has spanned the realms of fashion/editorial illustration, book illustration/ design, and packaging design. Recently, she has turned her attention to expansive projects best suited to a gallery setting, including large format paintings on paper and hand-painted animated short films.
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