Alyssa’s Artist Statement
As an artist, I am always trying to “see” the world around me instead of merely look. By slowing down to trulysee, I am overcome with both the simplicity and complexity of the natural world and strive to find ways to convey that to the viewer. I love to challenge the viewer to see the simpler image from a distance, then feel compelled to move closer to examine the layered entanglement of textures, materials, and brushstrokes. In doing so, like with nature, one distinctly sees the work, the composition in an entirely different way. With this, I am moved to deconstruct complex configurations into their basic abstract elements or embellish a humble structure with depth and intricacy. From a striped back monotype print or watercolor study to a multi-faceted collage or mixed media piece, I hope to share my viewpoint of the landscape and those who dwell within it. With that aspiration comes determination to open the eyes of my viewer to the importance of preserving the integrity of the natural landscape whether in my home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the rural landscape of the French Ardèche, or the numerous National Parks and Monuments across the United States that are in danger of losing their protections.