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if my friends were black.

illustration, color pencil

Alexandra P. Grisanti, 2020

NARRATIVE

If my friends were black 2020, is a series of modern tronie illustrations. The works are anti-chiaroscuro, lacking stark contrasts in light, flattening the emotive characters into a matte depiction. There is a contradiction in the piece between the drama of the body language in the character and the lack of light contrast dampening the emotive dramatic effect. The tronies reject volume while emphasizing their individualized personalities. As the title suggests the subjects of the works are born Caucasian, then racially altered in the drawings. This combination of subject matter, alteration, emotive suggestion and lack of dimensional volume speaks to the present time of Black Lives Matter and the civil unrest from an American artist’s perspective during the modern civil rights era.

modernized artifacts.

ceramics

Alexandra P. Grisanti, 2020

NARRATIVE

Modern Artifacts 2020, are traditional ceramic stoneware pieces, celebrating animals as sacred figures inspired by ancient religions rather than renaissance sculptural pieces that emphasize the human as the celebrated figure. Inspired by Mannerist Sculpture of the sixteenth century, the works aim for hyper-idealization, distorted body forms and awkward positions to depict unrest, imbalance, and imperfection as reality. Anthropomorphism was created in Paleolithic, Egyptian, Nordic, Ancient Chinese, and other global ancient cultures as a zoomorphic conception of god in the form of an animal whose characteristics or habits suggest the idea attached to the god. This series of sculptures are an idealization of ancient cultures and their respect towards the animal spirit in retaliation of the supposed harmonious ideals of Christianity.

in the birches suspended

Land Art installation

Alexandra P. Grisanti, 2020

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In the Birch Suspended 2020, is a land art installation interested playing off of natural light to stage an unusual scene in an ordinary Swedish suburb. The configuration of the “usual” are three paths with their according hierarchies: first, secondary and tertiary. The installation is hidden along the tertiary path. The materials for the installation are all found on site except the twine needed. Between the birch trees in a natural allee of young birches, lies a large moss-covered boulder. Strung along this boulder, vertically, are three equally spaced whitebeam berry clusters. The clusters align with a birch tree vertically growing behind the boulder so that from a distance the viewer sees one continuous vertical line. Leading to the boulder is a trail of yellow birch leaves spaced along the path, momentarily undisturbed by the wind. The installation is situated in a dappled sunlight where darkness is equally or more constant than light.