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Alyssa Dennis
Baltimore, NY

About the Artist

I'm a native of Baltimore, MD who now has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016, I collaborated with New Orleans Airlift and Ranjit Bhatnagar in designing and building a structure for the Music Box Village. As of 2017, I started an environmental advocacy project called Common Knowledge. Our goal is to promote education on wild edible and medicinal plants, found specially within the urban landscape, through a visual vocabulary of plant illustrations accessed through interactive and participatory learning tools. Common Knowledge advocates for an increased awareness of our natural environ…

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About the Artist

I’m a native of Baltimore, MD who now has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016, I collaborated with New Orleans Airlift and Ranjit Bhatnagar in designing and building a structure for the Music Box Village. As of 2017, I started an environmental advocacy project called Common Knowledge. Our goal is to promote education on wild edible and medicinal plants, found specially within the urban landscape, through a visual vocabulary of plant illustrations accessed through interactive and participatory learning tools. Common Knowledge advocates for an increased awareness of our natural environment while promoting the idea that plant knowledge should once again exist as common knowledge.
I hold an MFA from Tulane University and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. I have also attended the Solar Energy International, Carbondale, CO and Maryland University of Integrative Health. I’ve been involved with working in and doing research on various alternative building and construction methods since 2005 which include straw bale and adobe construction, living roof installation and historic restoration. I often extend my interests in habitual spaces by doing concept illustration for various projects as well as being involved with grass-roots community work. I have been lucky enough to work with the Heliotrope Foundation for the past couple of years.

My work explores architecture and constructed spaces as an ecosystem — a multi-functional environment where nothing operates independently. It is a visual amalgamation of the choreographed domain and the iterative nature of the un-choreographed. There is a play of inside and outside where spaces are interconnected and visibility opens from one area to the next. My mediums include drawing, photography, model making, sculpture and installation. While I use processes derivative of those of an architectural practice, my purpose is not to visualize an end result or a fixed plan. My work deconstructs architecture by creating speculative, modular systems that are infinitely changeable and within the power of every inhabitant to transform.

Artist’s Work

Horizon tires
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Horizon Tires

By Alyssa Dennis

Power debate
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Power Debate

By Alyssa Dennis

Ley lines in chalk
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Ley Lines in Chalk

By Alyssa Dennis

Amalgamation
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Amalgamation

By Alyssa Dennis

Cycle resource
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Cycle Resource

By Alyssa Dennis

Acclimation
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Acclimation

By Alyssa Dennis

Monsanto knows
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Monsanto Knows

By Alyssa Dennis

Winter greenhouse
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Winter Greenhouse

By Alyssa Dennis

Striped
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Striped

By Alyssa Dennis

Urban
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Urban

By Alyssa Dennis

Global
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Global

By Alyssa Dennis

Shack
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Shack

By Alyssa Dennis

Test plate
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Test Plate

By Alyssa Dennis

Construct
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Construct

By Alyssa Dennis

Selected Exhibitions

  • Causey Contemporary
    New York, NY, 2016
  • Ellen Miller Gallery
    Boston, MA, 2012
  • Kesting/Ray Gallery
    New York, NY, 2011

Education

  • Tulane University, MFA
    New Orleans, LA,2011 
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA
    Baltimore, MD,2003