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VISUAL ESSAY with Alyssa Fanning


All images: © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning

Photography by Emma Fanning

Curated by Varia Serova



Through the process of creating her delicate and rendered in detail artworks, Alyssa Fanning explores the physical and psychological effects of natural and man made calamities. In her recent series After the Disaster and Polymorphic Disasters of the Mind, the artist focuses her attention on manifestations of strength and fragility in the natural world, drawing upon various sources, from geography and environmental surveys to Old Master catalogues and her own observations.


"Delicately rendered through a labor-intensive process, my compositions are meditations on time and inner projections of both the disasters and triumphs of imagined land and mind scapes – personal, cultural and ecological in scope. The drawings were created from a practice that combines projection, stencil and improvisation along with perceptual observation."

La Primavera, 2016, Graphite on paper, 8 x 8 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Shadow Grid O're the River Styx, 2017, graphite on paper, 9 x 6 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Shadow Rosette, 2012, Graphite on paper, 5 x 3 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Delicate Trouble, 2013, Graphite on paper, 5 x 3 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


After Goya's Disasters of War, 2013, Graphite on paper, 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Delicate Flutter, 2012, graphite pencil on paper, 9 x 6 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Inverted Clouds, 2012, graphite on paper, 5 x 3 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Gray Trails, 2016, Graphite on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Dark Sound, 2016, graphite on paper, 9 x 6 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Did the Sky Tumble and Fall, 2021, graphite on paper, 14 x 10.5 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


In the Beginning, 2021, graphite on paper, 12 x 12 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning


Papilio Polyxenes, 2021, Graphite pencil on collaged paper, 12 x 9 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning

Nightfall in August, 2021, graphite pencil on paper, 9 x 6 in. © Courtesy of Alyssa Fanning