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Alyssa Dennis
Baltimore, NY

About the Artist

I'm a native of Baltimore, MD who now lives and has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being an artist I am currently learning permaculture design and how to be clinical herbalist. In 2016, I collaborated on a very exciting project with New Orleans Airlift and Ranjit Bhatnagar to design and build a structure for the Music Box Village. As of 2017, I started an environmental advocacy project called Common Knowledge. Its goal is to create educational tools that engage city dwellers in the amazing wild medicine that grows all around them. Common Knowledge believes that the discon…

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About the Artist

I'm a native of Baltimore, MD who now lives and has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being an artist I am currently learning permaculture design and how to be clinical herbalist. In 2016, I collaborated on a very exciting project with New Orleans Airlift and Ranjit Bhatnagar to design and build a structure for the Music Box Village. As of 2017, I started an environmental advocacy project called Common Knowledge. Its goal is to create educational tools that engage city dwellers in the amazing wild medicine that grows all around them. Common Knowledge believes that the disconnection of shared knowledge about what thrives along our foot path is at the root of cultural and environmental degradation. CK believes that the gifts of these common plants 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 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.

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

Striped
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Striped

By Alyssa Dennis

Chimes
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Chimes

By Alyssa Dennis

Home school
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Home School

By Alyssa Dennis

Cycle resource
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Cycle Resource

By Alyssa Dennis

Global
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Global

By Alyssa Dennis

Levels 2
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Levels

By Alyssa Dennis

Conservatory 2
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Conservatory

By Alyssa Dennis

Circleville
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Circleville

By Alyssa Dennis

Soil and water
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S(oil) and Water

By Alyssa Dennis

Pattern trap
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Pattern Trap

By Alyssa Dennis

True fox
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True Fox

By Alyssa Dennis

Schematic digestion
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Schematic Digestion

By Alyssa Dennis

Industry 2
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Industry

By Alyssa Dennis

Soil savers
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Soil Savers

By Alyssa Dennis

Integration attempt
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Integration Attempt

By Alyssa Dennis

Dandelion 7
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Dandelion

By Alyssa Dennis

Strawbale house
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Strawbale House

By Alyssa Dennis

Resource viability
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Resource Viability

By Alyssa Dennis

Sunset cycle
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Sunset Cycle

By Alyssa Dennis

Ley lines in chalk
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Ley Lines in Chalk

By Alyssa Dennis

Greenhouse
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Greenhouse

By Alyssa Dennis

Spilt 2
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Spilt

By Alyssa Dennis

Amalgamation
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Amalgamation

By Alyssa Dennis

Farm camp 2
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Farm Camp

By Alyssa Dennis

Monsanto knows
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Monsanto Knows

By Alyssa Dennis

Retrofit
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Retrofit

By Alyssa Dennis

Extensions
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Extensions

By Alyssa Dennis

Acclimation
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Acclimation

By Alyssa Dennis

Winter greenhouse
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Winter Greenhouse

By Alyssa Dennis

Shack
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Shack

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

  • Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism, Herbalism Certificate
    New York, New York,2019 
  • Tulane University, MFA
    New Orleans, LA,2011 
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA
    Baltimore, MD,2003