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Alenna Marie Sandy
Austin, TX

About the Artist

Alenna Marie Sandy is a self-taught, mixed-media and collage artist. Her style of work explores the dreamlike, dark and nostalgic elements of the past as well as the present. Utilizing vintage ephemera, she attempts to create a sense of continuum with the past, and her interests lie in exploring the individual’s connection with history, conscious or unconscious.

Undercurrents of humor and a nod to pop culture also infiltrate her work and any medium is up for grabs as she creates her pieces, such as latex paint, keys, and layers of charcoal drawings.

Alenna's influences include the …

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About the Artist

Alenna Marie Sandy is a self-taught, mixed-media and collage artist. Her style of work explores the dreamlike, dark and nostalgic elements of the past as well as the present. Utilizing vintage ephemera, she attempts to create a sense of continuum with the past, and her interests lie in exploring the individual’s connection with history, conscious or unconscious.

Undercurrents of humor and a nod to pop culture also infiltrate her work and any medium is up for grabs as she creates her pieces, such as latex paint, keys, and layers of charcoal drawings.

Alenna’s influences include the work of "Robert Rauschenberg":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Rauschenberg, "Lee Bontecou":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Bontecou and "Camille Claudel":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camille_Claudel, as well as the vagaries of nature and the macabre sentiments of the Dark Ages. As a working artist, she is especially pleased to have had the opportunity to keep a studio in the historic "Fine Arts Building":http://www.fineartsbuilding.com in downtown Chicago and participate in many open houses and art exhibits within its walls.

Currently living in Austin, Texas, her new work will focus on painting with hot wax, interspersed with collage, and partially funded by a grant from the "Chicago Arts Assistance Program":http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/grants/svcs/caap_applicationsummary.html for a series of pieces in the medium of "encaustic":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encaustic_painting.

Artist’s Work

Makes me hungry
Alenna marie sandy

Makes Me Hungry

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Tropical lobby
Alenna marie sandy

Tropical Lobby

By Alenna Marie Sandy

In the woods
Alenna marie sandy

In The Woods

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Toulouse
Alenna marie sandy

Toulouse

By Alenna Marie Sandy

The demon
Alenna marie sandy

The Demon

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Modify your friends
Alenna marie sandy

Modify Your Friends

By Alenna Marie Sandy

She was nothing like me
Alenna marie sandy

She Was Nothing Like Me

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Use your mind to improve your fang
Alenna marie sandy

Use Your Mind to Improve Your Fang

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Art is work
Alenna marie sandy

Art is Work

By Alenna Marie Sandy

Selected Exhibitions

  • The Fine Arts Building
    Chicago, Illinois, 2012
  • Le Gallery Thorndale
    Chicago, Illinois, 2011
  • Playful Zen Gallery
    Chicago, Illinois, 2010
  • Black Walnut Gallery
    Chicago, Illinois, 2009
  • Parts & Labor Collective
    Chicago, Illinois, 2007